Generals suffer through three weekend loses

It was a tough weekend for the Generals, who lost the three games they played in three days, seeing their record slip to 1–6.

Save-On-Foods Oceanside General Jonah Pearson makes an inside-out move on the Buccaneers defense on his way to the net Saturday night.

Save-On-Foods Oceanside General Jonah Pearson makes an inside-out move on the Buccaneers defense on his way to the net Saturday night.

It was a tough weekend for the Save–On–Foods Oceanside Generals, who lost the three games they played in three days, seeing their record slip to 1–6.

The Gens opened their weekend with a game against the Campbell River Storm, who put up another eight-goal performance, handing them an 8–2 loss. The second game saw the Generals back at home, facing the Nanaimo Buccaneers. The Gens, once again, were on the losing end of a 5–3 game. Sunday saw their third game in as many days against the Kerry Park Islanders, who also played three in three. They beat the Gens 4–1.

“It was a busy weekend, the boys knew what was ahead and we prepared as best we could,” head coach Jason Johns said. “We knew it was going to be tough and we had hoped to at least come away with one win out of three. Of course we would have been even happier winning two or three of those games. It’s tough, for any team, to play three games in three days and it showed.”

Parksville’s Jarrett Weme extended his goal-scoring streak to three games, after missing Friday’s game in Campbell River. Held off the score sheet on Sunday, Weme is still happy to be putting the puck in the net and doing what he can to help.

“Sometimes you just have to get to those dirty areas and try to put the puck on the net,” Weme said. “They aren’t pretty goals by any means but a goal is a goal, it doesn’t matter if it’s a highlight reel goal or a greasy rebound that goes in off your knee. I’m happy to be helping the team in any way I can.”

Discipline has been a consistent message this season from the coaching staff, as the Gens have looked to gain momentum, but end up slowing themselves with penalties.

“We’re showing the effort with each game that goes by, it’s there,” Johns said. “We just need to see that effort consistently over 60 minutes. Friday was tough, Saturday we played much better and Sunday was the same, we fought hard and showed that the effort is there but we just need to have it be there consistently.”

The Gens will be back at practice tonight for a Wednesday night tilt against the Westshore Wolves in Victoria. They are home for the weekend for ‘Skate with the Generals’ Saturday (2-3:30 p.m.), then host the Penninsula Panthers Sunday 2:30 p.m.

Fans who show up Sunday wearing white and bring a non–perishable food item for the SOS, get in half  price.