Kerry Park Islanders defenceman Zach Blanchard helps an Oceanside player to the ice during Wednesday night’s playoff game. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Penalties, poor luck problematic for Isles

Kerry Park playing well in playoffs, still haven’t beaten Oceanside

A parade to the penalty box and some unlucky bounces prevented the Kerry Park Islanders from getting a victory in either of the first two games in their first-round playoff series against the Oceanside Generals.

The Isles are playing some of their best hockey of the year, but the Generals are up 2-0 after a 4-1 win in Parksville on Tuesday and a 7-1 victory in Mill Bay on Wednesday night.

The Generals went 3-for-8 with the man advantage on Tuesday, and 4-for-10 on Wednesday, while the Isles went a combined 0-for-11. Even when they managed to stay out of the penalty box, things just weren’t going right for Kerry Park.

“We had some unlucky bounces in the first couple of games,” Islanders owner Carl Ollech said. “If we put the pucks in when we hit posts, we would have won.”

The Isles got on the scoreboard first both nights, with Parker Bergstrom scoring six minutes into the game on Tuesday, and captain Logan Furkalo scoring just two and a half minutes after the opening faceoff on Wednesday, but it was all Oceanside after that.

On Tuesday, the Generals tied things up with a powerplay goal before the first period was over, scored two more with the man advantage in the second, and capped it off with one at even strength in the third. On Wednesday, the Generals were up 2-1 after one and 3-1 after two, then scored four times in the third.

“The wheels kind of fell off,” Ollech admitted.

Spencer Deakin was heroic for Kerry Park, making 55 saves on Tuesday as the Isles were outshot 59-17, and 46 saves on Wednesday as the Generals had the upper hand 53-27.

The teams will meet again in Parksville on Friday and in Mill Bay on Sunday at 3 p.m. If necessary, they will play in Parksville on Tuesday, Mill Bay next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., and Parksville again on March 7 at 7 p.m.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alistair MacGregor addresses federal response to COVID-19

Cowichan-Malahat-Langford MP spoke to constituents via Facebook on Wednesday

Belle from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ entertains home-bound kids in Cowichan Bay

Alora Killam, 16, played the part in musical two years ago

Task force created to address food security in Cowichan Valley during COVID-19 disruptions

Emergency Food Access Task Force brings several organizations together

UPDATED: Crash snarls early morning Malahat traffic

Incident backed up commuters near Okotoks Drive

‘We will get through this’: B.C. sees new COVID-19 death, but 57% have recovered

A total of 1,066 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

List of cancelled Cowichan Valley community events

An ongoing list of events that have been cancelled in the Cowichan Valley due to COVID-19

Couple celebrates 61st anniversary through Vancouver Island seniors’ home window

Frank and Rena Phillips marked occasion at Nanaimo Seniors Village this week while social distancing

A look at some of the B.C. inventors creating life-saving tools in fight against COVID-19

Groups across B.C. are working together to create what they hope will help people affected by the pandemic

Association launches French-language games, online tools for families learning at home

Games, culture and vocabulary included in new virtual resources

‘There can be no ambiguity’: Travellers brought home to B.C. must self-isolate

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the mandatory isolation must be abided by

55+ BC Games cancelled amid COVID-19 concerns

Greater Victoria set to host 2021 event

BC Hydro offers three-month bill ‘holiday’ for those affected by COVID-19

Industrial customers can defer half of their power bills

Some April Fool’s Day jokes bring much-needed laughter; others tone deaf to COVID-19

Police are warning the public not to use the ongoing pandemic as a punchline

Most Read