Although perfection is always the goal the Northeast Generals stand at a respectable 4-2 on the young season through 6 games.
The season opener saw the Generals take on division rival and Fraser Cup finalist L/A Nordiques.
The Generals would fall behind 1-0 in the first despite outshooting their opponent 17-9. In the second the Generals would even up the score on a sweet goal from returning forward Carson Asper. However, Connor Kennedy would complete his hat trick in the 2nd period giving the Nords a 3-1 lead before Bankauskas would cut the lead to 3-2.
The Nordiques would add a 4th goal and we would end up with the Generals losing 4-2 unable to solve goaltender Jason St. Pierre who had a 52 save performance.
Game 2 saw the Northeast Generals take on last years playoff opponent the New England Stars. This game would be all Generals with the home team pulling off a 6-0 victory. They were once again able to pile up the shots with 58 (giving them 112 through 2 games) but this time able to put 6 past the Stars goaltender.
The first would see the teams tied 0-0 after 20 minutes.
But Bakauskas (2) opened the scoring just 1:33 into the 2nd frame and was quickly followed by newcomer Grigori Zemzer (1) to end the second up 2-0.
In the third the Generals would start rolling and would get goals from Phelps (1), Wracker (1), Gerbis (1) and Asper (2).
John Driscoll had the shutout in goal.
Game 3 was a rematch of game 2 with the Generals facing the Stars, this time on the road. And once again the Generals would pile up the shots (51) but would fall 5-3.
The first period would end 1-1 with Sidoit (1) getting the Generals goal.
In the second New England would score twice and Zemzer (2) would have the lone Generals goal which would see them down 3-2 after 2.
The third was more of the same with the Stars scoring twice early to open up a 5-2 lead. The Generals would press but only John Musella (1) would be able to get one past the Stars netminder and the Generals would fall 5-3 to drop to 1-2 on the season.
Game 4 would see the Generals host new team and affiliate program the New England Knights who are owned and operated by Lovell Hockey. This game would be all Generals as they continued their assault on opposing goaltenders, this time racking up 61 shots. But Zack Roncarati was outstanding in net for the Knights and pushed back 55 of them.
Goal scorers for the Generals were: Phelps (2), Helm (1), Peckham (1), Asper (3, 4), Bankauskas (3)
John Driscoll would turn back all 37 shots for his second shutout of the year.
In Game 5 the Generals would take on the visiting Maine Wild. This game would be all Generals as well and finish with a score of 14-4.
Goal Scorers: Helm (2, 3, 4), Bakauskas (4, 5, 6, 7, 8), Gerbis (2), Zemzer (3), Rychvalsky (1), Asper (5), Peckham (2), Wracker (2)
The Generals would put up 58 shots.
The Generals would once again take on the Maine Wild. The Wild goaltender played some great hockey as Matt Beensterboer was able to turn back 32 of 35 shots through 2 periods of play.
However the Generals would light up the scoreboard on special teams. They would score 1 Power Play goal and 4 Short Handed goals.
Goal Scorers: Wracker (3), Asper (6, 7) , Gerbis (3, 4), Bankauskas (9), Sidoit (2).
The game ended with the Generals winning 7-0. Justin Simmons would get the win in net and his first shutout for the team turning back all 23 shots he faced.
The NA3HL will host an East Coast Showcase at the Generals home rink in Attleboro, MA starting on October 6th.