Two bad periods equals two loss for the Generals
Two games with similar story lines resulted in back-to-back losses for the Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals over the weekend, as the locals surrendered seven goals in two bad periods in VIJHL action.
The tenacity that’s become the calling card of this year’s squad was evident again, but with a half dozen players out of the lineup due to sickness or injury, “it’s tough sluggin’ right now,” said Generals’ first year GM and head coach Brent Demerais. “But we’ll be fine. The work ethic is there - just a few little mistakes here and there that we’re making, but that’s understandable.
At home Saturday evening in front of an announced crowd of 276, the Generals came out hard, challenged the Victoria Cougars’ goalkeeper early and had them hemmed in deep, but it was the visitors who prevailed 6-2.
Third year Gen Cam McCarrick, scored unassisted at 10:04 of the first to knot the game 1-1. A hard-nosed power forward from Port Hardy, the 20-year-old leads the team in scoring with three goals in five games heading into week three of the VIJHL.
“He’s not afraid to go into the greasy areas,” said Demerais. “He can handle himself and he’s the kind of guy you want in the lineup. He gets things going with some hits, and he can score goals. He’s a leader on our team, and he’s one of those guys I like watch. His work ethic is unreal - he leads by example, and the same thing in the dressing room too. Great kid.”
The Cougars scored the only goal of the second stanza at 17:26 to take a 2-1 lead into the break, then struck for four goals in the third before Will McNamara manufactured the mean-nothing marker with 51 seconds remaining.
Victoria outshot the Generals 7-6, 15-11, 17-5 by period for a 39-22 edge on the night. Oceanside was 0-for-2 on the PP, Victoria 2-for-6. Joshua Alalouf from Delta was in net for Oceanside.
On Friday night, three goals in the second period cost the Generals in a 7-4 loss in Saanich.
Too early to press the panic button after only one win in the first five games?
“It’s way too early. We got a good young squad here,” said Demerais. “We just have to do what we have to do to get through this rough patch right now, but the guys are really positive - they know the wins are gonna come.”
The Generals are in Nanaimo Thursday night for their first-ever regular season meeting with the Nanaimo Buccaneers, and travel to Mill Bay Saturday night to take on the Kerry Park Islanders.