MC Generals go 1-4 in weekend play

The Miles City Generals U-12 Peewee hockey team went 1-4 this past weekend in league games played in Billings and Butte.

The Generals dropped an 8-2 decision to the Billings A Jr Bulls. According to coaches, Miles City played tough for 37 of  the 45 minutes, but couldn’t put together a complete game.

Peyton Taylor had a goal and an assist for Miles City, while JT Cummins added a goal. Goalie Charlie Lang logged 33 saves.

Great Falls Americans beat the Generals in an 11-7 shootout. The game was tied 7-7 after two periods, but Great Falls shut the door in the final frame.

Taylor exploded for five goals in the game, while Devon Merwin and Yanzie Looman scored one goal apiece. Merwin and Jacob Steadman logged assists, while Lang had 25 saves. 

“The score doesn’t reflect how close the game was and how hard the kids fought,” Generals head coach Rick Lang said.  “Great Falls is one of the upper teams in the state and we ran with them.”

The teams’ second contest followed a similar script, as the Generals forged a 6-4 lead after two periods, but were unable to generate any offense in the final period, falling 7-6.

“Just can’t finish a complete game. Getting closer each time,” Lang said.

Merwin and Taylor each netted a hat trick. Looman recorded an assist, while Lang had 27 saves.

The game came down to the wire with a potential game-tying goal called off with 25 seconds remaining. “We will get them next time” assistant coach Brandon Taylor vowed.

The string of close losses continued as the Generals fell 5-4 to Butte. Taylor had three goals and Merwin scored once. Lang had an assist, and Jacob Steadman put on the pads, facing 25 shots and logging 20 saves.

“We just couldn’t finish the game like we know we can,” assistant coach Mike Miller said.  

Miles City avenged the loss in their second meeting of the weekend, beating Butte 6-4.

Taylor accounted for most of the offensive output, finding the net five times. Merwin also scored a goal, while Lang had two assists and Cummins logged one assist. Steadman was the winning goalie.

“Better defense today was the key,” Taylor said.

“So proud of these kids. They played three great periods at the right time,” Lang said. “State [tournament] is right around the corner and they are starting to click like we hope