Oceanside Generals stop Lake Cowichan Kraken 6-3 in VIJHL action

Oceanside Generals player Benjamin Groome tries to redirect the puck past Lake Cowichan Kraken goalie Brendan Wilson. (Michael Briones photo)Oceanside Generals player Benjamin Groome tries to redirect the puck past Lake Cowichan Kraken goalie Brendan Wilson. (Michael Briones photo)
Oeanside Generals player Dante Paziuk gets past the Lake Cowichan Kraken defence to reach a loose puck. (Michael Briones photo)Oeanside Generals player Dante Paziuk gets past the Lake Cowichan Kraken defence to reach a loose puck. (Michael Briones photo)
Oceanside Generals forward Carter Johnson backhands the puck past Lake Cowichan Kraken goalie Brendan Wilson. (Michael Briones photo)Oceanside Generals forward Carter Johnson backhands the puck past Lake Cowichan Kraken goalie Brendan Wilson. (Michael Briones photo)
Oceanside Generals player Miles Carson takes the puck near the Lake Cowichan Kraken goal. (Michael Briones photo)Oceanside Generals player Miles Carson takes the puck near the Lake Cowichan Kraken goal. (Michael Briones photo)

Carter Johnson scored twice, leading the Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals to a 6-3 win against the visiting Lake Cowichan Kraken in Vancouver Islan Junior Hockey League action at Oceanside Place on Wednesday (Oct. 12).

It was the fourth consecutive win for the Generals and their third win in a row at home. They remain in second place in the VIJHL North Division standings with eight wins, two losses, one overtime loss and one shootout loss.

Johnson, the VIJHL’s top forward last season, has been on a scoring tear lately, posting a total of seven goals and five assists in his last three games. He currently leads league’s scoring race with 27 points.

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In the game against the Kraken, the Generals dominated the game offensively, outshooting Lake Cowichan 47-20. But the Kraken stunned the Generals when they capitalized on their few chances to grab a 2-0 lead after the first period.

The Generals offence shifted into a higher gear in the second with Dante Paziuk, who has consistently scored in the last four games, slotting into the net a pass from Johnson 48 seconds into the frame. Aidan Mailhot evened things up less than two minutes later. Johnson put the Generals ahead 3-2 just past the midway mark and Jacob Thomas made it 4-2.

The Kraken were able to cut the lead to 4-3 in the third but the Generals stopped their rally with Johnson netting his second goal of the night and Jordan Harvey making it 6-3 with less than a minute left to play.

The Generals hit the road tonight when they take on the Nanaimo Buccaneers at the Nanaimo Ice Centre at 7:15 p.m. This will be their first clash this season.

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

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