President and GM resign from last-place Gens

Board of directors meeting tonight; Elizabeth Cudmore is interim president.

Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals president Sylvain Giroux and general manager Lou Gravel resigned from the club on Wednesday.

The team announced the resignations on its Facebook page, where it also announced a board meeting tonight.

In the meantime, Elizabeth Cudmore will take over as interim president and associate coach Rob Gaudreault will take over as interim general manager.

With all this news coming down, the Generals are preparing to take on both the Campbell River Storm (Friday) and the Nanaimo Buccaneers (Saturday).

Newly named captain Gibson Doney knows that in order to win, they need to play with discipline and make sure they make the simple plays to give themselves a chance.

“We need to move the puck a little faster,” Doney said.

“Putting passes on guy’s sticks and connecting on those passes is key for us. If we can move the puck quickly and keep our flow moving forward, those are the things that can help us win games. That and staying out of the penalty box.”

The Generals will look to continue their winning ways over the Campbell River Storm on Friday night after the 4-3 overtime victory for the Generals two weeks ago.

It’s the first time this season that the Generals have been on the winning side of a game against the Storm and they are hoping for more of the same on Friday.

“We have to put together a solid game,” forward Jonah Pearson said.

“We can’t take bad penalties, staying out of the penalty box is key for us. If we can do that and put together 60 minutes of solid hockey, we should have a good game.”

Saturday night the Generals are back in action to take on their rivals, the Nanaimo Buccaneers, at Oceanside Place (7:30 p.m. puck drop).

In the five meetings between the two teams, the Generals have one win.

This marks the second time the local Parksville team will be facing their former captain Wyatt Meiers and the first time that Meiers has returned to Oceanside Place.

“It’s just like any game, no matter who we play,” forward PJ Heger said.

“We need to put together a full game, we need to execute in both the offensive and defensive zones and we need to put the puck in the net. If we can do all that, there’s no reason why we can’t come away with a win.”

Still sitting at the bottom of the league with 12 points (five wins, 21 losses and one tie), the Gens are looking up at the Storm, who is sitting tied in first place in the VIJHL with the Victoria Cougars and first in the North Division with 45 points.

The Nanaimo Buccaneers sit ahead of the Generals in the North Division with 32 points, 20 points clear of the Generals.

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