The Bentley Generals are through to the final series of the Chinook Hockey League after defeating the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs 7-2 and subsequently securing the semi-final series 4-1 in Eckville March 6.
Centre Cam Maclise scored the Generals’ first goal of the night, and was pleased to contribute to an important victory.
“It was a long year and it was nice to get that playoff started and to get that first series under our belt,” he said. “We were pretty confident coming in, but losing that one game to the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs woke us up.”
The Generals will now face the Innisfail Eagles in the final series, which is set to kick off in Red Deer on Saturday (March 14).
Maclise said confidence is high among the Generals’ players following their series win over the Chiefs. But he knows they’ll face tough opponents in the Eagles.
“We can’t think that we’re just going to go in and sweep the team in four games,” he said. “Innisfail has shown that they’ve come a long way since the start of the year.
“It’s not going to be easy for us, and it will be a good test for us, which is good.”
Generals general manager Jeff McInnis is happy with the way the season has played out so far, though he’s aware that a slip up now could bring it to a swift end.
“Just because we’ve won in the past, doesn’t mean we’re going to win in the future,” he said. “The team takes one game at a time and that’s all they can do.
“It doesn’t matter what they’ve done before, it’s what they are doing now, but they have a really good coach (Ryan Tobler) and the players are very committed.”
The Generals, who have been playing games Eckville due to ice difficulties at their own arena, will play their final series home games in Red Deer.