The Oceanside bantam Generals turned a razor-close game into a runaway Saturday, blasting visiting Kerry Park 15-3 in Vancouver Island Hockey League play at Howie Meeker Arena.
The bantams may have used up their offensive allotment for the weekend in the outburst. Traveling the following day to Juan de Fuca, the Generals skated to a 1-1 draw with the host Grizzlies. That left Oceanside at 4-0-1 in Division 2 play, tied atop the standings with Peninsula — and set up a showdown between the league co-leaders Saturday at 2:15 p.m. at Howie Meeker Arena.
“We’ve got a group of guys who buy into the system, 100 per cent,” bantam coach Troy Newans said after Saturday’s romp. “On defence they’re flawless; they’re never out of position.”
The Generals gave up the game’s first goal, trailed 2-1 after one period, and were still behind, 3-2, nearing the midpoint of the second period.
But Kobe Verbicky and Cage Newans scored goals eight seconds apart at 8:09 and 8:17 of the second to give Oceanside its first lead, and the Generals stormed out of the mid-game ice-cleaning break with 11 unanswered goals.
“We did get off to a bit of a slow start,” coach Newans admitted. “But these guys come out hard every time. Once they settled into the system, they were a very disciplined group.”
Cage Newans had four goals and four assists, and Verbicky also enjoyed an eight-point game with a hat trick supplemented by five assists. Brenden Jamieson also had a hat trick and added three assists as 11 players found the score sheet in the lopsided win.
Sean Brendeland scored two goals and Nolan Lewis, Ryan Shaw and Matthew Chand each scored once. Isaac Belveal secured the win in goal while shutting out the visitors over the final 37-plus minutes of play.
Peewees claim sweep
Solid defence and goaltending were the order of the weekend as the Oceanside peewee Generals downed Victoria Racquet Club 4-1 Saturday and Peninsula 6-1 Saturday, both at Howie Meeker Arena, to move within two points of division-leading Alberni Valley.
Goals by Brody Simpson late in the first period and Caleb Armitage early in the second staked the peewees (4-2-0) to a 2-1 lead over Racquet Club that held up until just seven minutes remained. Generals goalie Max Jeffery lost his shutout bid when Tristan Rosenblood got loose on a breakaway and scored to make it 2-1 at 13:02 of the third period. Less than a minute later Jeffery stopped a second breakaway, and got some breathing room when Dallas Earl scored with 1:58 left to make it 2-1. Sam Davidson added a goal with nine seconds left to provide the final margin.
The peewees travel to Juan de Fuca Saturday, then return home to face Saanich at 1:45 p.m. Sunday at Howie Meeker Arena.
At left: Brody Simpson of the Oceanside peewee Generals skates the puck in on Victoria Racquet Club goalie Willem Sytsma on Saturday at Oceanside Place Arena. — Image credit: J.R. Rardon/PQB NEWS
Midgets earn split
Riley MacDonald scored two goals and Bailey Kaario and Duncan Cairns each had three-point games Sunday as the Oceanside midget Generals started fast and rolled to a 5-1 VIHL win over the Tri-Port Eagles at Howie Meeker Arena.
The win was a bounce-back effort after the Generals fell 6-3 to the Campbell River Tyees Saturday in Campbell River.
In Sunday’s win, Cairns, Kaario and Isaac Larocque-Wall each had a goal and affiliate player Gabriel Dodd chipped in two assists for the midgets (2-2-2), who led 2-0 after one period and 4-1 after two. Munroe Renouf earned the win in goal.
On Saturday in Campbell River, the Generals were tied 2-2 with the Tyees entering the third period before the hosts erupted for four goals to pull away. Christian Stokes, Michael Steward and Kaario each scored in the losing effort. Tyler Blaine suffered the loss in net.
The midgets travel for a single game this weekend, at Juan de Fuca Sunday.