ARKSVILLE, B.C. – The streak is finally over.
Brady Kay scored the game winning goal at 4:47 of the third period to lift the Oceanside Generals to a 3-2 victory over the Victoria Cougars on Friday night.
The last time Oceanside beat Victoria was back on December 3, 2011. Brody Coulter and Jake Stolz, now associate coaches for the Cougars, were both playing for Victoria the night it lost.
Since then, the Cougars had rattled off 25 straight wins against Oceanside and outscored the Generals 145-43 over that span.
After the two teams went 19+ minutes without a goal, Landon Dziadyk took it upon himself to open the scoring with 46.2 seconds remaining in the first period.
From ten feet out, Dziadyk threaded the puck between Nate Reinhart and the near post for his first of two goals. Brodie Smith and Mitch Cook picked up the assists.
That same trio combined again, this time at the 23 second mark of the second period to give the Generals a 2-0 lead. Dziadyk scored his 13th goal of the season after he gobbled up a loose puck at the top of the crease and slid it past Reinhart.
Victoria would cut the lead in half on a goal from Foster Martin. Skating out of the corner, the former Generals forward wired a wrist shot over the catching glove of Jacob Sweet at 6:32.
Kyle Wade tied the game at 17:59 after he converted a Landon Kitchen rebound into a goal.
There would be no scoring until the game winner from Kay. After scoring two times in last night’s loss to the Cougars, Kay took a no look pass from Max Creighton before one-timing the puck past Reinhart for his eighth goal of the season.
Kay was only 12-years-old the last time the Generals beat Victoria.
The Cougars received their fourth power play in the final minute and pulled Reinhart for an extra attacker but could not get the equalizer.
As the buzzer sounded to end the game, fans at Howie Meeker Arena at Oceanside Place began jumping out of their seats in sheer excitement.
Shots on goal favoured Oceanside, 36-28.
Elsewhere in the VIJHL: Peninsula Panthers 2, Saanich Braves 1. Campbell River Storm 7, Comox Valley Glacier Kings 2.