The Quality Foods Oceanside Generals are on a roll.
The Gens are on a six-game win streak and building up steam heading toward the playoffs in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. The team is 13-1 in 2022.
Last week, the Generals posted a string of victories on the road that included an impressive 2-0 shutout win against the league-leading Campbell River Storm on Feb. 11. Prior to that, the Generals crushed the host Nanaimo Buccaneers 11-2 on Feb. 10 and again, 11-4 on Feb. 13.
The Generals are currently in second place in the North Division with a 33-11-1-1 record. They’ve already set a franchise record for the most wins in a season.
The big test for the Generals was against the Storm. It was a hard-fought match with very few scoring chances.
Forward Carter Johnson, who leads the team in scoring, led the offence as he scored twice, one in the first and in the third frame.
To date, Johnson has 40 goals and 50 assists, which is also a Generals franchise record for the most goals, assists and total points in a season. He is currently in third overall in the VIJHL scoring list.
Goalkeeper Ashton Sadauskas turned away 25 shots to earn the shut out win.
In the first game against Nanaimo, the Generals dominated from start to finish. Jacob Thomas paced the Generals with three goals, scoring twice in the first and adding a third in the second. He also had an assist. Johnson, Miles Carson and Brendan Carlson netted two goals apiece with Aidan Cook and Nolan Kehoe each scoring a goal.
In their second encounter, Carson had a hat trick while Oren Louie had two goals, with one each coming from Carlson, Johnson, Greyson Weme, Chase Heslop, Kehoe and Brady O’Brien.
In both games against Nanaimo, Generals rookie goaltender Aaron Kaner was between the pipes and raised his win total this season to 15 with four losses and one overtime loss.
He ranks fourth overall in the VIJHL and leads the rookie goaltender list with a .901 save percentage.
ICE CHIPS: The Generals’ home game against the Storm on Feb. 14 was cancelled due to Campbell River encountering travel issues … the Generals have three more league games to play, two against the Comox Valley Glacier Kings on the road Feb. 18 and Feb. 21, and one against the Storm at Oceanside Place on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. …. The playoffs are scheduled to start on Feb. 23.
The Generals will take on the third-ranked team in the North Division in a seven-game playoff series. The first game will be on Feb. 23 at Oceanside Place at 7 p.m. The Generals’ home games in the series are Feb. 26, March 2, and March 6.