Generals looking for a weekend win

Hard working local team 22-2 on the season, facing league-leading Victoria Cougars

Generals goaltender Liam Giroux makes a save Friday night in Comox while teammates Liam Peel and Wyatt Myers look on.

Generals goaltender Liam Giroux makes a save Friday night in Comox while teammates Liam Peel and Wyatt Myers look on.

Perhaps this is the weekend for a win.

The Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals dropped a pair of games against a North Division rival last weekend and face two of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s best clubs this week.

At home last Saturday night in front of a good crowd of more than 250, the Generals gave up a power play goal midway through the third period to the Comox Valley Glacier Kings, a marker that proved to be the winner in a 4-2 loss.

Logan Savard had tied the game for the Generals with his second goal of the season five minutes into the final frame. Wyatt Petryshen’s goal early in the second period had tied the game at a goal apiece. It was Petryshen’s third goal in just eight games with the Generals.

Qualicum Beach product Liam Giroux faced 35 shots in goal for the Generals and was named the game’s third star.

On Friday night in Comox, the Kings had a 6-1 lead on the Generals by the end of the second period and cruised to an 8-2 victory. Ryan White and Chase Gaudreault scored for the Generals, while starting goaltender Evgeuni Makarski was pulled from the net in the second period after allowing five goals on 17 shots, and was replaced by Giroux.

Duncan Pernell led the Kings’ offence Friday with three goals and an assist.

The Generals, with only two victories in 22 games this season, travel to Campbell River to play the Storm on Friday night (6:30 p.m. start at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena, all games broadcast on The Beach, 88.5 FM). The Storm have 12 wins in their first 21 games of the season.

On Saturday night at Oceanside Place (7:30 p.m. faceoff), the Generals host the league-leading Victoria Cougars, who have 14 wins in their first 19 games of the season.

— NEWS Staff