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Whatever happened to the Oceanside Generals recently, sure works for them, as they just won back-to-back games. They defeated the Kerry Park Islanders 4-1 Saturday night, then followed that win with a defeat of the Campbell River Storm, 3-2 – the league’s number one team. In fact, the Generals are riding their first three-game win streak this season. They also defeated the Comox valley Glacier Kings 5-2 on Dec 11.
All three teams are ahead of the Generals in the standings.
Recently, Logan Savard, who has been out of the line-up for at least three months, is back, he factored in the scoring twice against the Kings and twice against the Islanders, but did not hit the scoresheet against the Storm. So he isn’t exactly carrying the team on his back.
It is certainly not the General’s powerplay that is winning games, as they went 0/8 against the Storm, 0/2 against the Kings and 2/4 against the Islanders, 2/14 total.
Perhaps it is simply just better team play overall.
The Storm’s usual starter Chris Smith has been a Trump-Mexico wall all season, not letting anything by. He owns a league best 2.12 goals against average and a third-best save percentage at .913. Smith’s record is a stunning 19-2-0-1, but he has to sit eventually.
The Generals took advantage of the opportunity firing 38 shots at backup Matt Henwood, Sunday night.
Scoring for the Generals were Mitch Cook, Foster Martin and Landon Dziadyk. Colin Blake, the team’s leading scorer tallied for the Storm as did Christian Brandt.
Saturday night Bekkam Wilson, Logan Savard with two, and Brent Koch scored for the Generals against the Islanders.
Tanner Douglas was nearly infallible stopping 34 of 35 shots.
The Generals now have a record of 9-20-0-1 on the season. They still occupy last place in the North Division, however, are moving up on the Islanders and putting space between themselves and the Peninsula Panthers who occupy last overall, but both are in the South Division.
The Generals next play Monday night in Courtenay against the Glacier Kings – this will be three games in three nights and a real opportunity to establish a resurgence for the Parksville-based team.
Thursday, Dec 22 will be the Game of the Week as the streaking Saanich Braves will visit the red-hot Nanaimo Buccaneers. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:15 PM.