Generals split games despite new blood
It was an interesting week for the Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals — they have a new head coach and called up several affiliate players to fill roster spots this past weekend.
The Generals have a new head coach in Bill Bestwick, who was brought in to take over for Dan Lemmon, who was relieved of his duties after just two months with th team. Bestwick is the Generals’ fourth head coach this season.
The Gens also called up eight players. Mathieu Jallabert, Trent Bell and David Biagioni from the North Island Silvertips got the call, along with Ryan Hogg, Geoff So and Kyle Johnson from the Burnaby Winter Club.
The Generals were on the road Friday against Penninsula and ended up losing their first game under the latest new coach. Penninsula handed the Generals a 3-1 loss.
“It was a lot of learning over these last few days for us,” captain Travis Flug said about the style of play that Bestwick is looking to bring in. “We played a close game against Penninsula and it was tough but considering the way things were, we handled it pretty well.”
Nate Fitzpatrick scored the lone goal for the Gens on Friday and goaltender Evgeuni Makarski kept the Generals in it all night with some outstanding play in net.
The Generals came out on top 5-4 on Saturday in a double overtime finish that saw Chandler Bruckyere score his first this season off a shot from the point with 12 seconds left in double OT.
The Gens came out flying in the first period, out shooting the Kerry Park Islanders 23-8 and scoring three times. Wyatt Petryshen, an 18-year-old from Calgary, got the scoring started just eight minutes into the first period.
The second goal of the game came from Hogg, the AP from the Burnaby Winter Club. Hogg, who just turned 15 two weeks ago, dangled his way out of the corner and roofed it home on the backhand for his first VIJHL career goal.
Just over six minutes later, Flug banged home a rebound off a good chance that was created by Brodie Smith and Mikey Markland, who was everywhere on Saturday night.
The Generals carried a 3-0 lead heading into the second, where things got interesting. Parksville product Trent Bell, 16, scored his first career VIJHL goal as well off a great individual effort.
“It was good to score that goal. My family and friends were here tonight too so that was pretty cool to be able to score in front of them at home here,” Bell said.
Kerry Park then took advantage of a lapse on the Generals part, scoring three quick goals in the span of three minutes to cut the Gens lead to 4-3. The Islanders eventually tied it up in the third period to send it to OT.
The first overtime saw both teams go back and forth and with no score, a second OT was needed.
The Islanders were awarded a penalty shot in the second OT but goaltender Liam Giroux stood his ground to extend the game. The Generals charged back down the ice moments later as Bruckyere beat the Kerry Park goalie to give the Generals the 5-4 victory.
The Generals are back in action this weekend in a home-and-home series against the Comox Valley Glacier Kings.
You can catch Friday’s game on 88.5 The Beach with play-be-play from Dominic Abassi.
On, Saturday night the Generals are back on home ice against the Kings and the puck drops at 7:30 p.m..