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The Westshore Wolves had a chance at The Q Centre on Wednesday to keep pace with the Peninsula Panthers in the South Division standings of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, but that opportunity slipped away as the Oceanside Generals paid a visit and won by the score of 5-1.
The Generals opened the scoring at 13:48 of the first period with a Brandon Hannibal marker.
They scored two more during the second period at 14:03 and 18:29, and again at 52 seconds of the third period as Landon Dziadyk scored to earn a natural hat trick. The hometown, Qualicum Beach native is in his fifth season with the Generals. His current point total of 23 puts him ahead of the pace from last year where he picked up 26 points in 38 games and 27 in 45 games the year before.
The Generals took a 4-0 lead when Elijah Goyer scored at 3:54 of the third period.
The Westshore Wolves finally got on board when Keegan Durrance scored a powerplay goal at 12:40 of the third, while Goyer sat for two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The Wolves powerplay went 1/7. At one point during the game, the Generals had taken all four penalties. The Generals ended up taking seven of the nine total penalties, and still, they managed to pull out the win.
Jacob Sweet stopped 37 of 38 shots for the Generals for the win, while Jordan Spandli stopped 21 of the 25 fired his way.
The Wolves sit in last place in the South Division while the Generals are in second-to-last in the North Division.
The Wolves pay a visit Friday to the skidding Saanich Braves at Pearkes Arena, then on Saturday are in Parksville for a rematch with Oceanside.
The VSN Game of the Week takes place Friday in Campbell River at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena where the South Division-leading Victoria Cougars take on the North Division and league-leading Storm.
Both teams have played 27 games and each has earned 61 points in the standings, however, the Storm have earned one more win in the process, so, therefore, are in first place in the league – Friday will be a veritable four-pointer.