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Parksville's Jarrett Weme scores first-ever junior goal
The Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals will look to make it two wins in a row for the first time this season as they take on the Saanich Braves after beating them last weekend 4 – 3 in double overtime.
The Generals had only 14 players dressed in last weekend's game against the Braves, but looked like the better team for the majority of the night. Parksville's Jarrett Weme was back with the club as an AP and scored his first ever VIJHL goal and added an assist to go along with a strong performance overall.
"At first I was just out there trying to fit in — it's all about the team so I was just doing whatever I could to try and help the team out," said Weme, the 16-year-old AP, about playing a few games with the Generals this season. "It was good to get that first goal, it was pretty dusty but I'll take it."
The Generals were up 3 – 0 on goals from Logan Savard, Jarrett Weme and Wyatt Petryshen before they had a third period collapse and let the Braves back in the game. Saanich tied it up with three seconds remaining on the clock in a mad scramble in front of goaltender Liam Giroux, who had no chance to see the puck with all the bodies flying around in front of his net.
Two overtime periods were needed and it was Generals captain Travis Flug who provided the game winner, skating in over the blue line and unleashing a laser that beat the Braves goaltender top shelf. It was Flug's 12th goal of the season and snapped a 10 game scoreless drought. The captain was happy to snap that streak but even happier about players getting more ice time thanks to the late season departures for the Generals.
"It's nice to see guys like him (Weme) get a chance to come up and play. He's making the most out of an opportunity and showing he's got what it takes to play here," Flug said of the AP call up. "It was probably the best thing that could happen for us, losing those four players, because now we're starting to see the guys who've been working hard all season get more ice time and showing what they can do. It's too bad it took this long but it's nice to see it finally happen."
Weme will be back in the lineup for the Generals this week after committing to play for them next season earlier in the week as well. The Gens will still be short handed as Mikey Markland has one game left to serve in his suspension for fighting and defenseman Ryan White is out with an upper body injury.
The Generals are in Saanich on Friday night to take on the Braves and then return home for the final game of the season as they take on the Campbell River Storm.
You can listen to the game Friday on 88.5 The Beach with Dominic Abassi, starting at 6.30 p.m.
Puck drop on Saturday night comes at 7.30 p.m. at Oceanside Place.