Generals eliminate Peninsula Panthers from VIJHL playoffs

Monday's wildcard game ended the season for North Saanich-based junior B hockey team.

The Panthers' Spencer Loverock looks on in anguish over a missed open net late in Monday night's wildcard game against the Oceanside Generals.

Peninsula peppered the opposing goalie with shot after shot Monday night but could only muster two goals and missed a chance to extend their hockey season.

The Oceanside Generals came to the Panorama Recreation Centre Monday night, to face the Peninsula Panthers in a Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) wildcard game. A win in the sudden-death match would propel one of the teams into the first round of the playoffs.

Peninsula (15-30) out-shot Oceanside 58-23 on the night, yet Gens’ goalie David Anderson was there to block them. It didn’t help that Peninsula would hit on his chest pad, glove or miss the net entirely. On a few occasions, Peninsula missed empty-net chances — and that seemed to be the way things were going for the squad that night.

Oceanside’s Travis Flug and Keagan Fedorko opened the scoring in the first period. Peninsula’s Sean Buchanan added one with six seconds left.

In the second period, Logan Savard would score what would turn out to be the winner for the Gens, who came into the game with a record of 7-36-2. Chase Gaudreault added the Gens’ fourth tally and Peninsula’s Spencer Loverock scored his teams final goal of the season, unassisted.

Flug added the empty-netter late in the third period to seal the victory.

Oceanside now advance to play the Campbell River Storm on Feb. 18.

The Panthers’s Kyle Richardson was awarded that night with a League Community Award. Peninsula also won the Grant Peart Award for the Most Disciplined Team.

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