With the regular season behind them, the Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals season comes down to one last shot at the playoffs.
The Generals closed out their regular season with a 5-3 loss to the Nanaimo Buccaneers Saturday at home.
They had one last wild card kick at the can to make the post season with a game last night (score not available) against the Peninsula Panthers.
Saturday, after looking solid in the first period and building a 2-0 lead, the Generals collapsed in the second period, giving up three goals in five minutes.
The Generals would tie it, on a goal from Mathieu Jallabert, but would give up two goals just over a minute apart, leading to the 5-3 loss.
“We had a good first and third period against Nanaimo,” head coach Rob Gaudreault said. “We stopped playing in the second for about five minutes and they scored three goals on us.”
“Again in the third, we had about another five minutes that didn’t look the greatest and we gave up two quick goals after we tied it up.”
“If we’re going to make the playoffs, we need to have that full, 60-minute game and we didn’t have it against the Buccaneers.”
Saturday night’s game marked what may have been the last for 20-year-old Travis Flug, who was honoured before the game with a ceremonial puck drop to go along with a framed No. 20 jersey.
Flug, who was captain of the Generals last season, opened scoring on the power play on Saturday night and will be hoping for more of the same to help the team keep their season alive.
“It’s all about doing what you can to help the team win,” Flug said.
“Whether it’s scoring a goal, throwing a big hit or just doing your assignment out on the ice, it’s all about helping the team win games and we need everyone to believe in that to have a chance at playoffs.”
Sebastian Powsey, who was converted from forward to defenseman through the season, was honoured before the game as well with the Bob Saunders Community Leadership Award.
Powsey, an 18-year-old from Cumberland, said it’s all about playing the team game, not worrying so much about individual efforts that will give the Gens their best shot at getting into the playoffs.
“We just have to come out and play a full 60 minutes,” Powsey said. “It’s been a theme for us all season, not playing a full game.”
“We just need to keep playing strong as a team and not let things get about being individual efforts. We can’t get lazy and think about everyone getting points in the game. We just have to stop talking about what we should be doing right and just go out there and do it.”
Be sure to check www.pqbnews.com today and Thursday’s edition of
The NEWS for the result of Monday night’s wild card game between the Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals and the Peninsula Panthers.