The Quality Foods Oceanside Generals outscored their two opponents a combined 8-7 in back-to-back games last Friday and Saturday. But that was good enough for just a split as the Gens continue to hover just below the .500 mark in Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League play.
Brodie Smith and Logan Archer each enjoyed a three-point night as the Generals overwhelmed the Comox Valley Glacier Kings 8-2 in a road victory Friday, Jan. 12. But that offensive display was nowhere to be found back at Oceanside Place in Parksville Saturday, as the visiting Campbell River Storm skated off with a 5-0 victory.
The split left Oceanside with a 15-18-1-3 mark going into a contest in Victoria Thursday night, Jan. 18. The Generals return to Oceanside Place Friday to complete the home-and-home series against Victoria in a 7 p.m. contest. They’ll wrap up a three-game week on Sunday with a trip to face the Kerry Park Islanders at Kerry Park Arena.
Against Comox Valley (4-32-0-1), Smith and Archer each had two goals and an assist, and Ryan Rae-Arthur, Jared Winkel, Greyson Weme and Max Creighton added goals. Jacob Sweet (11-9-1) picked up the win in goal while stopping 22 of 24 shots.
The Generals jumped to a 6-2 lead through two periods despite being outshot 21-17, then dominated the final period by outshooting the Glacier Kings 12-3 and adding two more goals.
At home Saturday night, the momentum flowed the other way, as Campbell River (27-6-3-0) enjoyed a 57-22 shot advantage. Brett Kinley paced the Storm offence with two goals. Oceanside goalie Spencer Deakin, who was traded from Campbell River at the Christmas break, stopped 47 of 50 shots through 48 minutes before giving way to Sweet, who allowed two goals on seven shots.
— NEWS staff