Save on Foods Oceanside Generals look to bounce back at home

Outshot 35-27, Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals lost 3-1 to Nanaimo Buccaneers

Oceanside’s Save-On-Foods Generals return home this weekend looking to bounce back from last week’s 3-1 loss to the Buccaneers at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

Nanaimo outshot Oceanside 35-27 on the night — Gens’ goalie Kiefer Giroux made 32 saves in a losing cause.

The Generals were 1-for-2 on the power play, the Bucs 0-for-1.

Nanaimo scored the only two goals of the first period and were leading 3-0 early in the second when Riel Gibson (Quinlan Moore) scored on the PP for Oceanside’s lone marker — the teams played to a scoreless third.

“We’re looking forward to getting back at it this week,” Gens’ head coach and GM Brent Demerais said of his team’s three-games in four days — the Generals are home Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon — pointing out “that last game in Nanaimo we had six guys out of the lineup and a couple guys were playing hurt. We’re dealing with some injuries right now,” he said, then confirmed that reinforcements are on their way.

Demerais, who still has “lots of cards left” has just signed Nick Kapusty, 18, by way of the Saanich Braves. Demerais says the 6’, 190 pound winger from Penticton “is more of a sandpaper guy. He’s a grinder, he plays physical. He’s someone that’s going to go to the net and handles himself but someone that can play, too. He’ll be a good winger out there to make room for some of our smaller players.”

At this point of the season, nearing the midway mark of the 48 game regular season sked — the Generals don’t have a single player in the VIJHL’s list of top-20 scorers.

Nanaimo native Riel Gibson currently leads the team in points at 19 with four goals and 15 assists. Michael Fretz (Snohomish, WA), and Cam McCarrick (Port McNeal) lead the team in scoring as the only two in double digits with 13 and 10 goals respectively.

QB’s Taylor Gray is second on the team in points with six goals and 11 helpers in.

His short bench aside, Demerais said the team’s work ethic “is unbelievable. These guys are working hard. The whole group of guys are dedicated. They go to Genesis (Boxing & Fitness) every Tuesday together and (head trainer) Rick said last night this is the hardest working team he’s ever seen, and thats what ya gotta have, because conditioning will pay huge, and I mean huge dividends down the road. I’m totally happy with the work ethic of the guys and what Rick does for us.”

 

 

GAME ON

Oceanside was 8-11-2 on the season heading into this week’s VIJHL action and a point back of the Buccaneers for 2nd in the North Division. The Generals were back at it against those same ‘Bucs in Nanaimo again Thursday night (score from that game unavailable at press time) and return to Oceanside Place Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff against the visiting 12-9 Westshore Wolves.

Back at it Sunday against the 12-9-1 Peninsula Panthers (2:30 p.m. start).

 

Just Posted

Dying motorcyclist from Coombs gets last-ride tribute

Friends grant Corinna Pitney’s wish ‘to hear bikes roar, to see leather and chrome’

Parksville author shares journey on famed 800 km trail

Books, movie inspire Roxey Edwards to walk Camino de Santiago, write book

Advance voting numbers in for Qualicum Beach, Parksville, RDN

More people vote ahead of time than in previous election

Man jailed after pilfering items from arena in Parksville

60-year-old caught after thefts from change rooms; victims used app to locate belongings

Secret supper clubs test appetite for cannabis-infused food ahead of legalization

Chefs are eagerly awaiting pot edibles to become legal in Canada

Enbridge to begin building road to access pipeline explosion site in B.C.

An explosion Tuesday knocked out a 91-centimetre line

Andrew Scheer on revamped NAFTA deal: ‘I would have signed a better one’

Conservative leader says he wouldn’t have signed USMCA

Matheson will have NHL hearing after Canucks rookie Pettersson hit

The 19-year-old Swedish centre appeared woozy after the hit

GUEST COLUMN: A better way to manage B.C.’s public construction

Claire Trevena responds to Andrew Wilkinson on NDP union policy

B.C. brewery creates bread beer from food waste

The brew aims to raise food waste awareness and provide funds for the food bank

Dad files Charter challenge after B.C. bans kids from taking transit unsupervised

Adrian Crook is taking his fight to B.C. Supreme Court

B.C. VIEWS: Cast your municipal vote for sanity on homelessness

Thousands on waiting list while anti-capitalist bullies get priority

Police investigate alleged arson at Toronto hotel housing asylum seekers

Police believe the fire was started intentionally, but they have not spelled out a possible motive

Most Read