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Generals still struggling to find some wins

Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals coach Dan Lemmon gives instructions to his team at practice ahead of the games this weekend against Saanich (on the road) and Nanaimo (7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oceanside Place). - TYSON TAYLOR PHOTO
Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals coach Dan Lemmon gives instructions to his team at practice ahead of the games this weekend against Saanich (on the road) and Nanaimo (7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oceanside Place).
— image credit: TYSON TAYLOR PHOTO

Tyson Taylor

sports@pqbnews.com

The Save–On–Foods Oceanside Generals are coming into this week looking to get back in the win column after suffering two losses last week to Westshore and Kerry Park.

The combination of a heartbreaker of a loss and the frustration in the game against Kerry Park came out in the middle frame of last Saturday’s game, which saw a brawl go down with everyone on the ice involved.

“It’s nice to see guys having each others backs out there and it really brings us closer as a unit,“ captain Travis Flug had to say of the brawl from Saturday’s game.

It’s something that doesn’t happen too often, but the Generals hope it will be a rallying point for the team heading forward.

This week’s matchups come in the form of the Saanich Braves on Friday night in Victoria and then the Generals are back at Oceanside Place to take on the Nanaimo Buccaneers on Saturday evening.

Nate Fitzpatrick, a 20-year-old from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, has two goals and three assists over the last three games and is looking to keep it going.

“It’s been good. I started off slow but it’s been good to get it going here,“ Fitzpatrick said.

Newcomers Michael Markland, a 17-year-old out of Powell River, has found his name on the score sheet in his first three games as a General.

“I think we could be way better than we are, we have a very skilled team and we just need to pull it together. I’m excited to be here and it’s good to be part of a good team. It’s always good to help out, scoring wise, but it’s a team effort and I’m glad I can chip in,“ Markland said.

Devin Warfield, an 18-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina, by way of Rochester, New York, is starting to feel like he’s getting into it after a brief hiatus.

“It feels good. I finally feel like I’m back up to game speed and feel like I can hop in and help out where I’m needed,” Warfield said.

The Saanich Braves sit in last place in the south division and are coming off a 4–3 overtime victory over the Campbell River Storm last week. The Generals know it’s going to be another tough test on the road but are up for the challenge.

“ I think we learned lots from the Kerry Park game, we’re going to be more prepared right from the puck drop. We just need to execute what we’ve been doing in practice and if we can do that then we should be good,” Flug said of the preparation for Friday’s game against Saanich.

Saturday night the Generals are back at home to face the Nanaimo Buccaneers, who sit in first place in the North division. The puck drops at Oceanside Place at 7:30 p.m.

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