The Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals will look to continue their point streak in 2015 as they play a pair of games this weekend.
Picking up one point for a tie against the Nanaimo Buccaneers this past weekend, the Generals will look to earn points against the Campbell River Storm on Friday and the Kerry Park Islanders at home Sunday afternoon.
With the team sitting in last place in the VIJHL, eight points behind the Peninsula Panthers, head coach and general manager Rob Gaudreault said he will be looking to make a few more roster moves before the Jan. 10 deadline to help improve his team.
“I’ve been spending a lot of time on the phone lately,” Gaudreault said. “Over the holidays, it was non-stop. I’ve been in contact with quite a few teams about a number of players and it seems like everyone is waiting until the final hour to get a deal done.”
Gaudreault was able to make one move with one of the four remaining cards he has left before the deadline. With the addition of Teddy Bailey, an 18-year-old forward from Canmore, Alberta, the Generals now have three cards left to use to fill their roster.
“Bailey is a good, solid-looking player,” Gaudreault said. “We were able to get him from Westaskiwin in the Capital Junior Hockey League (Alberta). With his parents recent move to Tofino, he wanted to be closer to his family and it was good timing for both parties with the move. We’re happy to have him on the team and we’re looking forward to having him in the lineup this Friday against Campbell River.”
In the five meetings between the Gens and Storm this season, the Gens have come away with one victory and have four losses.
“We need to put it all together,” forward Sebastian Powsey said. “We played a good game last weekend, it was good to see everyone keep positive even though things weren’t looking good for us at some points. We need to keep out of the box and hold ourselves accountable. We feel like it’s a fresh start to the season for us now that it’s the New Year, so it’s good to see everyone looking to improve.”
The Gens host a free skate for the public Saturday (2–3:30 p.m.). Sunday at 2:30 p.m. they host the Kerry Park Islanders, where minor hockey players from the Oceanside area get in free if wearing their team jersey.
The Gens will be looking for their first win against the Islanders this season, as they’ve had two losses and a tie.