Brendan Carlson scored a hat trick, leading the Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals to a 5-2 win over host Port Alberni Bombers in their Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League clash on Wednesday night, Oct. 5.
It was four-point night for Carlson, who also had an assist in a game that saw the Generals come back strong after trailing 1-0 in the first period.
Carlson netted his first goal just 30 seconds into the second period and just over three minutes later, found the back of the net again. They led to two other Generals goals tallied by Sean Brendeland and Dante Paziuk to end the period with a 4-1 lead.
In the third period, the Bombers were able to cut the gap by half but with less than two minutes left to play, Carlson struck again for his third goal of the night and his first-ever hat trick in the VIJHL.
The Generals got to test their new goalie Matthew Hutchinson, who was recently acquired from the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. The Nanaimo player, who also suited up with the Cowichan Valley Capitals in the BCHL, stopped 23 of 25 shots he faced to record his first win for the Generals and also in the VIJHL.
The Generals improved to five wins, two losses, one overtime loss and one shootout loss to retain second spot in the North Division standings.
ICE CHIPS: Forward Carter Johnson played a key role in four of the Generals goals with four assists …. Hutchinson earned the top star of the game … the Generals play a couple of home games, first against the Kerry Park Islanders on Friday night, Oct. 7, at 7:15 at Oceanside Place then on Saturday night, will take on the Campbell River Storm for the first time this season at 7 p.m.