Oceanside Generals’ Brandon Hannibal checks a Comox Valley Glacier King during their VIJHL match at Oceanside Place. — Karly Blatts photo

Oceanside Generals win two of three weekend games

Gens beat Bucs, Glacier Kings; fall to Storm

The Quality Foods Oceanside Generals had one of their best weekends so far this season.

After a lacklustre performance the previous weekend, the Generals bounced back to play three good games, winning two.

The Generals took on the Storm on Nov. 30 in Campbell River. They started strong and shocked the formidable Storm with two goals in the first half, both scored by Elijah Goyer to take the early lead. It was short-lived as the top team in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League rallied to tie it up 2-2 then went on to score three unsanswered goals in the second and one more in the third to secure the win 6-2.

The next day, the Generals hosted archrivals the Nanaimo Buccaneers and thrilled the home fans when they scored a close 3-2 win. After giving up a goal in the middle of the opening frame, Landon Dziadyk led the Generals back in contention when he netted an unassisted shorthanded goal. The Buccaneers were able to regain the lead when they scored a power play goal.

In the second period, the Generals dominated and had the Bucs on the defensive. They fired 16 shots and limited the Bucs to just 10. The Generals’ efforts paid off as they scored the only goal by Brady Kay, unassisted, to square things at 2-2.

In the third, the Generals netted an early goal by Dziadyk to take the lead. The Bucs pressured the Generals defense but were not able to find the equalizer.

Goalie James Brendeland earned the win between the pipes making 32 saves.

On Sunday afternoon, the Generals played a matinee game at home against the Comox Valley Glacier Kings. The Generals clinched the win 3-1, with goals coming from Will Norman, Ryan Ignace and Dziadyk. Goalie Jacob Sweet got the win, stopping 23 shots.

The Generals hit the road the Wednesday night (after press time) to face the Westshore Wolves, a team that beat them earlier in the season.

Then on Saturday, the Generals return the favour to take on the Wolves at Oceanside Place at 7 p.m.

— NEWS Staff

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