Oceanside Generals goalie Matthew Hutchison made 24 saves against the Campbell River Storm to record his 10th win of the season. (Michael Briones photo)

Oceanside Generals goalie Matthew Hutchison made 24 saves against the Campbell River Storm to record his 10th win of the season. (Michael Briones photo)

Oceanside Generals head into holiday break on a 5-game VIJHL winning streak

Gens beat Lake Cowichan Kraken 4-0 and Campbell River Storm 6-2

The Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals head into their holiday break with a five-game winning streak.

The Generals wrapped up their last two Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League games with convincing wins over the Lake Cowichan Kraken, 4-0 at Oceanside Place on Dec. 14, and 6-2 over the Campbell River Storm at Rod Brind’Amour Arena on Dec. 16.

They continue to lead the North Island Division and the VIJHL with 23 wins, three losses, two overtime losses and two shootout losses for 50 points.

Against the Kraken, goalie Ashton Sadauskas earned his first shutout win and his 12th of the season. He turned away 26 shots. He currently ranks third in the league with 12 wins, two losses and has an .899 save percentage.

The Generals dominated from start to finish. Scorers were Brady Van Herk, Evan Dyce, Dante Paziuk and Nolan Kehoe, while Carter Johnson had two assists.

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In their last game of 2022, the Generals took on the perrenial powerhouse Storm in a battle of the top two teams in the North Division.

The Generals reeled off six straight goals which the Storm were not able to overcome although twice late in the third period to avoid the shutout.

Tyler Gyori and Brendan Carlson netted two goals apiece, with Parker Klippenstein and Dyce each adding a goal. Johnson had two assists and continue to lead the league in scoring with 24 goals and 37 assists for 61 points.

The 16-year-old Matthew Hutchison posted his 10 win of the season, making 24 saves. He is the league’s top goalie with 10 wins, one loss, and one overtime loss with a 0.938 save percentage and a 1.83 goals against average.

The Generals will be back on the ice on Jan. 5. They head to Victoria to take on the top team in the South Division, the Victoria Cougars, at Archie Browning Arena. Both teams have traded wins so far this season with the Cougars edging the Generals 3-2 on Sept. 29. The Generals avenged that loss with a 4-1 win at Oceanside Place on Nov. 12.

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

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