Nanaimo Buccaneers head coach Brad Knight is happy but not satisfied with their 5-0 shutout over the Oceanside Generals on Thursday night.
The game marked a two-game sweep for Nanaimo over their Parksville-based Vancouver Island Junior B Hockey League rivals, but it was the little things that irked Knight.
"We're trying to strive for something a little more special, so I think it's just a matter of teaching the kids that they've got to pressure themselves into working hard all the time," said Knight, referring to breakdowns in the second period.
Ryan Waldhaus (2-0-0-0) stopped all 17 shots he faced for his first shutout of the year, and the first of his VIJHL career.
Alex Olson was given the hook after allowing three goals on nine shots in 10:49 and Liam Giroux stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced for the Generals.
Daniel Foglietta, meanwhile, had a four-point night (one goal, three assists) to lead the Bucs offensively, as Lee Orpen, Johnathan Speer, David Osborne and Will McNamara popped in the other goals.
It was a big night for the second line, cobbled together for the third period of their 6-4 comeback win in Parksville on Saturday. Foglietta, Orpen and McNamara finished with 10 points (3-7-10) between them.
"They play the game at the same speed and I think they play the game the same way," said Knight.
Waldhouse was not the busiest goalie on the night, particularly in the third period when he faced just three shots, but he was solid when called upon.
"Of the (17) saves he made tonight, 15 of them were in tight and close, they were dangerous shot," said Knight.
Up next for Nanaimo is a trip to Comox to play the Glacier Kings on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
ICE CHIPS - The Bucs went 3-for-5 on the power play and killed off all four Oceanside manadvantages. .. Nanaimo centre Garrett Dunlop has been called up to the Powell River Kings of the BCHL this weekend for a two-game set against the Victoria Grizzlies in Powell River.
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