Oceanside Generals forward Miles Carson tries to steal the puck away from Peninsula Panthers goalie Brady Kelly. (Michael Briones photo)

Oceanside Generals forward Miles Carson tries to steal the puck away from Peninsula Panthers goalie Brady Kelly. (Michael Briones photo)

VIJHL: Oceanside Generals earn gritty 5-2 win against Peninsula, keep title hopes alive

Game 5 in the series set for Wednesday

The Quality Foods Oceanside Generals came out fighting and beat the Peninsula Panthers 5-2 in a must-win Game 4 of their best-of-seven Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League series final at Peninsula Recreation Centre on Monday night.

Down 3-0 in the series, the Generals staved off elimination and will again try to keep the Panthers from lifting the Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy in Game 5. The game goes tonight (March 30, 7 p.m.) at the Howie Meeker Arena at Oceanside Place.

The Generals goals were netted by five different players, Brayden Ross, Brendan Carlson, Sean Brendeland, Braeden Leary and Chase Heslop. Goalie Ashton Sadauskas made 20 saves to earn the win in goal.

Assistant coach Max Creighton said the Generals played a solid 60-minute game.

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“We dictated the play,” said Creighton, who with assistant coach Reid Coleman took over the coaching chores behind the benchwhile head coach Dan Lemmon sits out a three-game suspension. “We made them play our style of hockey.”

The Generals took the early lead on Ross’s goal at 13:20. They came out hard in the second to extend their lead to 3-0 on markers by Carlson (8:03) and Brendeland (11:03). Following that goal, the Panthers decided to bring in their No. 1 goalie Brady Kelly to replace Ashton Lukan.

The host team was able to cut lead as they scored on the man-advantage, tallied by Kyle Brown at 12:20. The Generals got the goal back when Leary scored at 17:39 to regain their three-goal cushion going into the final frame.

The Panthers rallied in the third and got a goal from Logan Speirs at 8:08 mark but could get no closer.

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Oceanside Generals forward Greyson Weme is set to shoot the puck against the Peninsula Panthers defence. (Michael Briones photo)

Oceanside Generals forward Greyson Weme is set to shoot the puck against the Peninsula Panthers defence. (Michael Briones photo)