Lat week the Richmond Sockeyes, lost at home to the Delta Ice Hawks, but they wouldn't make that mistake twice. Defeating the Squamish Wolf Pack by a score of 5-2. On the heels of a great game by Jake Roder scoring a natural hat-trick.
Roder started off the season extremely well, leading the league in goals and points for a sustained period of time, but recently he has tailed off. But on this Thursday night at the Minoru Arena in front of 115 fans, Roder would step up his game in big fashion. Scoring after the Wolf Pack had tied it, getting a shorthanded goal and then getting the Natural hat-trick goal. Proving that he can still perform like he did at the start of the season.
The first period was not what was expected, considering the way the Sockeyes have played against the Wolf Pack so far this season. It started out well for Richmond getting the opening few shots, but the Pack battled back and started to really turn the game around on the Sockeyes. Getting the better of most scoring opportunities. While their defense prevented the Sockeyes from crossing the blueline. Richmond outshot Squamish 11-8 after the first period.
Richmond came out flying in the first period and were rewarded with the opening goal of the game, Kamesh Goundar would throw the puck on net and it would slide through Jordan Liem's pad. But the lead didn't last long as the fiesty Pack made a nice passing play, Jaret Babych would walk the puck out from behind the net and fire it on net. The puck hit the leg of Brady Bjornson and tipped in to tie the game at 1. Just as it looked ike the Wolf Pack got back into it a strange play occured at the other end of the ice. 4 Richmond Sockeyes stood around the net after a Jeremy Hamaguchi shot, after a few hacks at the puck Roder slipped it past Liem to give the Sockeyes another lead. Before the Period was out Roder would add another when he stripped the puck from Sean Stahlnecker, and deked around Liem and roofed it top shelf. It was a beautiful backhand for his second goal of the game. Sockeyes outshot the Pack badly in that period 16 to 6.
In the final frame Jake Roder got his final goal of the game on a beautiful tic-tac-toe play around the Wolf Pack goalie. Jeremy Hamaguchi sent a blind backhand pass to Rudi Thorsteinson, Thorsteinson would then sent it cross crease to a wide open Jake Roder. He potted his Natural Hat goal in terrific fashion. Drew Spencer added another snap shot goal, and Squamish got a final goal from Jacob Bergeron to end the game with a 5-2 score.
Aaron Oakley got the win for the Sockeyes in net, made some big saves for his team when the score was tied 1-1 but was left relatively untouched in the third period. Both teams went scoreless on the powerplay, including a 4 minute high sticking penalty in the third period.
The Sockeyes took over first place in the league with the win and moved to 29-5-3 on the season with 61 points. Their next game is Wednesday January 26th at the Aldergrove Community Centre, against the Aldergrove Kodiaks. The next home game will be Thursday January 27th against the Mission Icebreakers at 7:30 PM. SockeyesTV start at 7:!5 on www.richmondsockeyes.com