Midget Gens split openers
Oceanside’s Midget Rep Generals opened tiering round action over the weekend, playing the Saanich Braves to a 2-2 tie at home on Saturday and losing to Racquet Club 4-2 in Victoria on Sunday.
On Saturday Andrew Corbett scored 15 seconds into the game on a breakaway.
“It was a nice goal,” Oceanside’s first year head coach Bruce McHattie said Sunday night.
The visitors tied it up on the power play 3:34 later for a 1-1 tie after the first period. The visitors took a 2-1 lead early in the second on the power play and Shane Bryson fed the net for Oceanside with 2:24 remaining even strenghth to salvage the tie.
On Sunday in Victoria, the hosts opened the scoring 11:35 into the first but Brodie Gibbon scored for the Gens just over a minute later to make it 1-1. RC added another to take a 2-1 lead into the second period, then struck again with two minutes left in the second for a 3-1 lead.
Raquet Club added another early in the third to go up 4-1, and Gibbons notched his second of the game at 12:55 which is how it stood.
According to the scoresheet Oceanside, which went 2-0 in exhibition prior to the tiering round games, took a lot of penalties Sunday including two game suspensions.
“We have six returning players and two first year midgets on the team,” first year head coach Bruce McHattie said of the Generals, adding the rest of the squad are second year Midgets -- seven players have moved up from Midget B.
The Midget Reps will play six tiereing round games in all to determine which division they will cmpete in.
“Very hard working team this year -- we’ve got some real leaders out there “ McHattie says when asked about the team he’s inherited, pointing to captain Paul Graham and assistant captain Nick Peeke-Vout. Goaltender Stephen Wolff was solid in both games, and second year forward Brodie Gibbon had a tremendous outing Sunday.
“He was dancing around guys all game -- he made some great moves with the puck,” said team manager York Langerfeld.
The Midget Rep Generals are in Comox for a tournament this weekend.