Editor’s note: Earlier it was reported in the headline that the Braves earned three of a possible four points. The points system has changed for the 2018-2019 season as a pilot:
A representative from the VIJHL wrote: “The VIJHL has moved to a 3 point structure this season. Three for a reg. win, two for an OT/SO win and 1 for an OT/SO loss. It’s a pilot project approved by BCHockey.”
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Either the Saanich Braves are not making it easy on themselves or the Oceanside Generals are a better team than their record indicates, regardless, the two split back-to-back overtime games in their home-and-home set this weekend.
Friday, the Braves hosted the Generals at Pearkes Arena and won the game 3-2 in overtime.
Sunday, the two met again, this time in Parksville and it again took overtime for the Generals to send the Braves packing by the score of 4-3.
It took 42 Generals shots to do it, 16 alone during the second period.
The hero was Elijah Goyer putting the buck behind goaltender Connor Cheyne at 3:36 of OT.
Just like Friday, the Braves got behind 2-0 during the first period. Ryan Ignace opened the scoring at 4:13 from Kyle Boshier for the Generals. At 16:10 it was Brady Kay from Elijah Goyer and Hunter Gruben.
Kyle Mace scored the only goal of the second period, to put the Braves on the board. Gavin Grewal and Dale McCabe assisted on the play at 8:34.
Grewal and Strange each scored during the third period, bookending a Landon Dziadyk marker from Goyer and Zach Blanchard that kept the Generals in it at 12:36.
Goyer, a 17-year-old Prince George native, is in his second season with the Generals. He has already surpassed his rookie season with 19 points in 31 games. Last year he picked up 18 points in 40 games played.
Both powerplays were held in-check going 0/3.
The Generals had their guns a blazing outshooting the Braves 42-31.
Cheyne took the overtime loss for the Braves, while James Brendeland earned the win for the Oceanside Generals.
The Braves don’t play again until Friday, Dec. 21 when they will be visited by the Peninsula Panthers.