Lackluster Cougars, Solid Generals, Series Closer.

The night started off with League president Barb Byrne presenting the VIJHL’s Jack Kingston Memorial Trophy for the League’s Best Defenseman to the Cougars Kevan McBean.

Right from the first faceoff you could tell which team was there to play. The Generals seemed to want the puck more and were on the Cougars fast every time they touched the puck. It didn’t take long for the Generals to score. At 1:26 of the first Will Norman took the puck down the right wing and took a shot from the half boards on Cougars starter Cam Stevenson who made a good save but the rebound went right to Landon Dziadyk (pronounced Jed-dick) with the second assist going to Brandon Hannibal.

As in the previous games it was a we score then you score affair with Cameron LeSergent taking a Grady Birk drop pass and beating Oceanside starter James Brendeland. Second assist going to Jaden McNulty. At 11:20 with pressure in the Cougars zone, Cougar defenseman Nathan Ingram went for the safe play off the glass and the puck hit a stanchion in the glass and landed in the feet of Brady Kay. The Generals Mateo Giomo picked the puck out of Kay’s skates and went in on goal. Stevenson tried a poke check but Giomo was ready for it and slid the puck 5 hole. Then a minute later Marshall Brown did a fantastic job down in the Generals corner to muscle the puck away from the defender and take it to the side of the net. He then slid it across the front of the crease where Booker Chacalias made no mistake and put the puck in the back of the net. Second assist on the play went to Bryce Irwin. The first ended tied 2-2.

At 15:26 of the second the Oceanside AP Liam Moody scored the biggest goal of the game and his first in Junior to give the Generals the last lead they would need. The Cougars McBean took a point shot in the Generals zone which went off Moody’s shin pad. (Definately my pet peave of a play) Moody took the puck into the Cougars zone and dropped the puck to Kyle Boshier who took the puck to the right side of the slot before sliding the puck back to Moody who was parked on the left side of the Cougars net and easily slid it behind Stevenson for the game winner.

There was no more scoring in the game and play went back and forth. Neither team had any success on the Power Play with both teams going 0 for 4. The Cougars just didn’t seem to have much of a sense of urgency for most of the night.

Player of the game for Oceanside was Chase Heslop and Cougars was Cameron LeSergent.

Next game is up in Parksville on Tuesday at 7pm then back the Arch Thursday at 7pm

Story by Tom Arlidge
Photos by Nathanael Laranjeiras (@213photo)

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