NANAIMO — The wins are piling up as the Buccaneers continue putting the puck in the net at an incredible rate.
Nanaimo's Junior B hockey team (8-1) won their seventh game in a row after throttling the Oceanside Generals (3-5-1) 8-2 in front of 360 fans at the Nanaimo Ice Centre Thursday night.
The Bucs top line of Mathieu Jallabert, Jayden Schubert and Darian Harris combined for nine points.
“As long as we move our feet we generate offensive chances,” Bucs' associate coach Christian Brandt said after his team's dominant performance.
The Buccaneers have scored an astounding 38 goals in their last five games.
“We've got a really fast group, a really offensive group and they've got a really unique way of putting the puck in the net,” Brandt added.
Nanaimo led 2-0 and 7-1 at the intermission breaks. The Generals outshot the Bucs 36-32, but the hosts had the clear edge in quality scoring chances.
Jallabert led the offensive attack (2g, 2a), while Jaydon Schubert (2g, 1a), Clayton Peace (2g, 1a) had big offensive nights. Noah Kelly and Owen Dallman scored the other Bucs goals.
Derek Krall was again solid in goal for Nanaimo, stopping 34 of 36 shots he faced. Krall is now a perfect 6-0 on the season, with a sparkling 1.46 goals against average and .960 save %.
It was another dominant performance at the Pirate Ship for Bucs power forward Jayden Schubert. The third year, 20-year-old Buccaneer from Abbotsford has developed into one of the league's most dangerous forwards.
“I like to hold onto the puck now and make plays. I definitely got stronger over the off-season, I really want to be here and win this season,” Schubert told NanaimoNewsNOW.
Schubert is second in the league scoring (8.5.13 in 9 games) behind Bucs assistant captain Jallabert (9.11.20 in 9 games).
Schubert broke into the league two years ago as a physical winger, who produced offensively at a modest rate (5.5.10 in 43 games). Last season Schubert took a big step in his development (15.18.33 in 46 games). Schubert has elevated his offensive production to yet another level in his final year of junior eligibility, while still delivering consistent glass-rattling body checks.
“I love to hit, I love to play hard and get under people's skin,” Schubert said. “I have to thank my linemates Jallabert and Harris, who really know how to move the puck with me. Things are really going my way.”
Jackson Davis and Lucas Vanroboys scored for Oceanside, who will host the Saanich Braves Saturday night (Oct. 7)
Nanaimo travels to Courtenay Saturday evening to take on the struggling Comox Valley Glacier Kings (1-6-0-1).
The Nanaimo victory was subdued as defenseman Lucas Patton left the game early in the third period after taking a hit from Generals forward Koby Adams. Patton, an 18-year-old rookie from Sechelt, was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital with a lower body injury. Adams was a assessed a five minute kneeing major penalty and ejected.
Nanaimo's next home game is Thursday, Oct. 12 versus the Peninsula Panthers at 7:15 p.m. at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.
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