Isaac Larocque-Wall of the Oceanside Midget Generals looks for an opening against Juan de Fuca goalie Payton Fekete during the teams’ league game at Oceanside Place Saturday afternoon.

Midget Generals start new year on a winning note

Four-goal outburst breaks open tight game in league win over Juan de Fuca

The last time the Oceanside Midget Generals faced last-place Juan de Fuca, the Grizzlies handed the Gens an opening-round loss in the Comox Christmas hockey tournament.

In the resumption of Vancouver Island Hockey League play last weekend at Oceanside Place, the Generals made sure it wouldn’t happen again.

Duncan Cairns and Bailey Kaario scored two goals each and Oceanside blazed out of intermission with four unanswered goals to pull away for an 8-4 win over the visiting Grizzlies Saturday afternoon.

“We couldn’t let up on these guys; they had a good comeback last time and we knew we had to play strong in order to beat ‘em,” said Cairns. “When we were up we had to finish them off, and we got a few goals when we were up 5-4 to finish it.”

The Generals (5-2-2 in league play) started the contest locked in a goal-trading slog with the Grizzlies (1-8-1).

Cairns gave the hosts a brief, 3-2 lead with his first goal, a short-handed breakaway that hit the crossbar before bouncing off the back of Grizzlies goaltender Payton Fekete.

Juan de Fuca knotted the score 3-3 on a one-timer from the slot by Connor McClelland less than two minutes later, but that would be the Grizzlies’ last crack at the net until the closing moments of the game.

Christian Stokes of the Oceanside Midget Generals carries the puck into the Juan de Fuca zone ahead of Grizzlies defender Coveny Horgan during Saturday’s league game at Oceanside Place. — Image credit: J.R. Rardon/PQB NEWS

Jose Hope gave Oceanside the lead for good when he converted the rebound of Kaario’s shot just before the mid-game ice cleaning, and the Generals came out of the break in dominant fashion, scoring four consecutive goals to push their lead to 8-3.

“We came out slow; the rust was there,” midget coach Clinton Sutherland said. “But that goes with the conditioning, missing two weeks of hockey. After the second half, that was us. We came out and I was very happy with the way we played, getting pucks deep, opening up the ice D-to-D and everyone playing their role.”

Christian Stokes scored shortly after the teams returned to the ice, and Kaario, Cairns and Michael Stewart each scored goals in the third period before Juan de Fuca added a meaningless goal with 3:44 to play.

Riley MacDonald also scored for the Generals, whose offense was spread around in the win.

Tyler Blaine earned the win in goal for Oceanside and got a shout-out from Cairns for his effort during the team’s shaky start.

“We didn’t play our best the first period,” Cairns said. “After we came into the half we had a talk and we stepped up our game. But our goalie definitely helped us out in the first period.”

The midgets, tied for second in the league standings with Powell River, return to Meeker Arena Saturday to host the Kings in a key matchup at 4:30 p.m.

The Bantam and Peewee Generals had an extended break from league play with byes last weekend.

The peewees have a home doubleheader this weekend, hosting Juan de Fuca Saturday at 2:15 p.m. and Powell River Sunday at 10:15 a.m.

The bantams, unbeaten atop the league standings, travel to face Peninsula Sunday.

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach cinema group reaches fundraising goal

Organization wants to see a multi-use cinema in town

Man taken to hospital after driving off road in Qualicum Beach

51-year-old man from Port Alberni struck parked vehicle

City of Parksville rejected sharps disposal containers from Island Health

Mayor says cost of maintaining boxes too much for city

Parksville hopes ‘cookies and carols’ become annual holiday tradition

Free, all-ages community event set for next month

Man, 50, dies following incident in downtown Parksville

Teenage girl hailed as hero for intervening after witnessing situation unfold

Cold, stormy winter forecast across much of Canada, The Weather Network predicts

In British Columbia temperatures will be slightly above normal and precipitation will be just below normal

UPDATED: Vancouver Island’s Joe gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty case

Melissa Tooshley expected in court on Thursday in same case

Nineteen boats carrying invasive mussels stopped at B.C. borders

Waters of Columbia-Shuswap still test mussel-free

Midget no more: Sweeping division name changes coming to minor hockey in Canada

Alpha-numeric division names will be used for the 2020-2021 season and beyond

Woman ‘horrified’ after being told to trek 200 kilometres home from Kamloops hospital

‘I can’t get from Kamloops back to 100 Mile House injured, confused… no shoes, no clothes whatsoever’

Canadian universities encourage exchange students in Hong Kong to head home

UBC said 11 of its 32 students completing programs in Hong Kong have already left

B.C. petition calls for seat belts in new school buses

Agassiz bus driver collects 124,000 signatures in support

B.C. pushes for greater industry ‘transparency’ in gasoline pricing

Legislation responds to fuel price gap of up to 13 cents

Most Read