With eight games left in the regular season, it's a tight race between the top four teams in the south division of the Heritage Junior Hockey League (HJHL) and right now anyone one of them can finish first.

That makes the Cochrane Generals game on the road this Friday against the Okotoks Bisons another important outing. It's the last time these two teams meet in the regular season and a win by the Gens gives them a better shot at top spot.

"Friday is huge," says Gens head coach Derek Donald.

"We're excited," says Donald. "We had a good team meeting and practice last night (Jan. 9). We know we can't rely on what happens with the other teams. We just have to go out there and win the rest of our games."

Currently, the Gens are sitting one point behind the second-place Bisons and just two points behind the division-leading High River Flyers. Only two points separate all three teams and Okotoks has the advantage with two games in hand on the Gens and three on the Flyers.

Another potential key game is their final matchup against the Flyers on the road on Jan. 26.

The Gens have proven they can beat any team in the division so expect a close horse race to the finish line.

Four of the Gens reminding eight games are at home in Totem One. Saturday, the Gens are here against the Strathmore Wheatland Kings.

Come cheer on the team in their push for first. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

Gens Shine in All-Star Game

All three Generals in the HJHL all-star game played key roles in the south division's win.

The north took a commanding lead in the first two periods but the south stormed back to tie it up, 8-8, with 15 seconds remaining in play.

It was Talus Hume who scored the winner in a shootout that went to four players.

Hume and Slater Ransom both scored goals in regulation and Ransom added an assist.

Gens captain Austin Keller was one of the south division's alternate captains.

The league intends to make the all-star game an annual event, says Donald, and suspects it will be hosted by a north division team next year. As a lasting memento for the game, the players get to keep their all-star jersey and new ones will be issued each year.

Split Weekend

Prior to the all-star game, the Gens split their weekend play. Friday, they went into the third with a 2-1 lead but the Coaldale Copperheads tied it up less than a minute into the period and went on to score three more unanswered goals to win 5-2. Goal five was an empty-netter.

Scott Shugg and Jordan Fisher scored for the Gens with helpers going to Ross River, Jarod Domingo, Braden Bain and Zach Cugnet.

That game also saw Austin Keller play his 200th game as a General. It was recognized by the team in a brief pregame announcement.

Saturday against the Medicine Hat Cubs was an all different story. The Gens shutout the Cubs, 8-0.

Knute Loeb earned his first shutout of the season between the pipes after facing 27 shots.

Most the action, though, was at the other end where the Gens riddled the Cubs goalie Josh Breznik with 45 shot.

Slater Ransom had a five-point night, including two goals, while linemate and Gens scoring leader Talus Hume had one goal and three assists. Harry Osler also scored a pair. Austin Keller, Jarod Domingo and Brandon Aab all added singles.

Keller, Aab, Braden Bain and Jordan Fisher each had two helpers and singles went to Will Gretton, Scott Shugg, and Carter Cugnet.

More Local Sports

Colton Wong Added as Affiliate by Okotoks Oilers

Days after a scout from the Okotoks Oilers caught a Cochrane Generals game, the Alberta Junior Hockey League team has added Colton Wong to their reserve list. The solid two-way forward of the Gens…

Knute Loe Second Gens Goalie to be Named Player of Week

First Erik Garber, now Knute Loe. The young goalies of the Cochrane Generals continue to receive the praise of the Heritage Junior Hockey League (HJHL). Loe, 17, was named the HJHL's player of the…

Cochrane Cowboys Sending Huge Contingent of Wrestlers to Alberta Winter Games

Twelve Cochrane Cowboys form the heart of the wrestling team representing Zone 2 in the upcoming Alberta Winter Games. The trials were held in December and now the team is practicing regularly in…

VIDEO: Wrestling Tournament being Followed by "Friday Friendlies"

The Cochrane Cowboys hosted a successful wrestling tournament for the three youngest age groups of wrestlers last Saturday and it will be the first of several special events planned for the current…

Outdoor Memorial Hockey Game Raising Awareness for Mental Health

What started as a unique fun outdoor hockey event last season has evolved into a memorial game for the Cochrane Chaos female junior hockey team. The Chaos and the Calgary Titans will be lacing up for…

First Loss by Chaos Since Nov. 4 Comes Against Wolves

The Cochrane Chaos may have still been recharging from their 1-0 win over the Central Alberta Amazons when they dropped their first game since Nov. 4 in Alberta Female Junior Hockey League action.…

Gens in Race to the Finish for South Title

A pair of wins over the weekend have put the Cochrane Generals in first place in the south division of the Heritage Junior Hockey League (HJHL) but this race is far from over. The Gens are tied with…

Batter Up- Ball Registration Gets Underway

Cochrane Minor Ball is getting ready to welcome another season. Registration kicks off tomorrow (January 15) and Kayley MacLennan, Administration and Operations Coordinator, says they will once again…

Convincing 4-1 Win Over Okotoks Keeps Gens Rolling

Winning is always good, but it's especially important when it's against a team you're battling for first place. Last night on the road, the Gens skated into the Okotoks Bisons house and beat them 4-1…

Chaos Make it 10 Straight with Overtime Win Over Amazons

The Cochrane Chaos are now tied for first with a game in hand in the south division of the Alberta Female Junior Hockey League after a 1-0 win over the Central Alberta Amazons, Jan. 12, that went to…

Cowboys Cracking Open New Year With Workshop, Tournament

A large contingent of wrestlers from Cochrane and the Calgary area are expected for the Cochrane Cowboys' first tournament of the year. It kicks off tonight, Fri. Jan. 12, with a clinic led by…

Mason Raymond named to Canada's Men's Olympic Team

Cochrane now has two athletes slated to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Former NHLer Mason Raymond will be part of Canada's men's hockey team competing in the Pyeongchang Olympics in…

Narrow loss for Bobcats Against WH Croxford

There was a quick start and stop for the high school basketball season, and now the regular season will be put on hold for a few weeks. Five local high school teams in Rocky View Sports (RVS)…

Friday's Game Against Okotoks Bisons Huge in Push for First

With eight games left in the regular season, it's a tight race between the top four teams in the south division of the Heritage Junior Hockey League (HJHL) and right now anyone one of them can finish…

Junior Golfer Registration Opens Up

There may be snow on the ground but pros at the Links are already preparing to tee off. Riley Boothby, Assistant Pro at the Links of GlenEagles, shares the 'Junior Academy Program' keeps growing each…

Gold Medal Win Starting to Sink in for Dillon Dube

Dillon Dube is getting a chance to recharge before returning to the Kelowna Rockets lineup later this week and that includes a rare opportunity to spend some down time with family and friends here in…

Kara Kondrat MVP in Mac Tourney Gold Medal Win

Cochrane's Kara Kondrat was named playoff MVP for the female division of the Mac AAA Midget Tournament that saw the Rocky Mountain Raiders win their second consecutive title on New Year's Day.…

Mason Raymond Earns Second Gold in Spengler Cup

Cochrane's Mason Raymond has earned his second gold medal in the Spengler Cup as part of Canada's National Men's team. The veteran NHLer, turned Team Canada and Swiss National League player, scored a…

Talus Hume Named HJHL 1st Star for December

December had already been a landmark month for the Cochrane Generals' Talus Hume before he was named the Heritage Junior Hockey League's 1st Star for the month of December today. Hume, 21, led all…

Minor Soccer Hosting Fast-Paced 3v3 Tournament on Saturday

Cochrane Minor Soccer is offering a fun tournament this Saturday that just might help burn off that extra energy your children may have built up over the Christmas break. The fun and fast-paced game…

CochraneNow.com is Cochrane's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Upcoming Events

Annual Kimmett Cup, 3 on 3 Pond Hockey Tournament

19 January 2018 11:00 am - 21 January 2018 5:00 pm

Mitford Park, Cochrane

Alpha Course

21 January 2018 11:00 am

Cochrane Alliance Church

Connection Cafe

23 January 2018 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Cochrane Alliance Church