The Generals entered the Arch as the only team this season to defeat the Cougars. 11-4 entering the night and the top team in the North, Oceanside is a threat to the Cougars win streak, currently at 9.
The first was much as we expected. Fast and hard hitting. Both teams have high flyers and those who can hit. Both did their jobs much to the delight of the special guests, a large contingent of students from Brazil, here with Discover Canada Tours. Many who are watching their very first hockey game. Hark Gill got the scoring started with his second power play goal in as many games. From the same spot too, right side blue line, straight in. His third of the year. Landon Dziadyk evened the game up a few minutes later after stealing the puck at his own blue line and using his massive speed to break in and bury the puck past Jonah Chambers. Dziadyk now has 11 goals on the year, among the top in the VI.
After the first ice clean of the game it picked right where it left off. Only this time both teams found far more net. Nick Dumonceaux grabbed his first as a Cougar but Aiden Sutherland took it right back 1 minute and change later. Now the momentum started to shift. The Cougars started pressing much harder. Evan Easton, who was all but silent until this point, was left all alone in the slot and made a no-doubt shot to give the Cougars the lead again. Then 4 minutes later Desmond Arthurs scored his second of the year and it looked to be all Cougars up 4-2 and rolling. But Oceanside doesn’t have 11 wins and the top record in the North for no reason. Two goals in a row, only 2 minutes apart, and the game was tied again. Two separate plays that had Dziadyk then Goyer undressing the Cougars defence. The Cougars were outshooting the Gens 31-21 after 2, but the game was tied again.
The third period continued the fast paced play with both teams trading several wonderful scoring chances. It was an exciting game to watch, but neither team could capitalize and take the lead. So the game went to overtime. OT started with the Gens on the power play with a penalty that carried over from the third period. They couldn’t finish it off with the man advantage, but they came close a couple times with Dziadyk buzzing around looking for the hat-trick. Then nearing the end of OT Matt Clark busted out of his own zone down the right wing and took a slash. Now the Cougars are on the power play in OT. Then, once again, Evan Easton was left alone in the slot, and once again, he makes no mistake. Evan Easton with his second of the night wins it in exciting fashion. The Cougars have now won 10 in a row.
Players of the Game
Desmond Arthurs – Victoria
Landon Dziadyk- Oceanside
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