Nanaimo Buccaneers player Hunter MacDonald, front, and teammates and opponents vie for a loose puck in the Oceanside Generals’ end of the ice during Thursday’s VIJHL game at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)

Nanaimo beats Oceanside in junior B hockey matchup

Buccaneers double up Generals in VIJHL action Thursday at the Nanaimo Ice Centre

The Nanaimo Buccaneers were able to beat their neighbours and rivals for the first time this season.

The Bucs doubled up the Oceanside Generals by a 4-2 score in Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League action Thursday at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. Nanaimo scored four unanswered goals in the second period to take a 4-1 lead into the third period and held on the rest of the way.

Chase Heslop, Jacob Gosling, Trey Watson and Zachary Fulton scored for the Buccaneers and Austin Dendl made 40 saves for the win in goal as the Bucs were outshot 42-25.

The first-place Gens had won the previous two meetings this season.

GAME ON … The Buccaneers visit the Peninsula Panthers tonight, Nov. 1, and then host the Panthers on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:15 p.m. at the NIC.

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