Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sam Chichak scores hat trick in 8-2 Sockeyes victory

The Sockeyes just keep on rolling through the Tom Shaw conference as they beat up on Squamish to the tune of 8-2 Thanks in part to the Sam Chichak who lit up the scoreboard against the Squamish Wolf Pack.

Increasing their lead to three points on the Delta Ice Hawks, the Sockeyes showed once again why they are the team to beat this year. They have not lost a game to anyone in their division since a October 26th shootout loss to Delta, their last regulation loss was a 5-1 loss to North Delta Devils. They have had an unbelievable few months as they continue to win time after time.

It's safe to say that the Fish are the hottest team in the PIJHL, proving to be a tough team whether they are at home or on the road. They are gearing up for a long playoff run, hoping to have the same success as what they had in the 2009 season. Winning the Division, playoffs, Cyclone Taylor Cup and Keystone Cup.

Saturday at the Brennan Park Arena in Squamish they defeated the Wolf Pack handily.The first period saw goals from Sam Chichak, Eli Wiebe scoring on the power play while Squamish was down two men. Drew Spencer scored with 47 seconds left to head the Sockeyes to the dressing room up 3-0. Shots were heavily favouring Richmond 11-4.

The Second period started off well when just 4:04 in, Keenan Webb scored his third goal of the season. Sam Chichak added his second marker of the game at the midway point. Squamish got on the board for the first time when players with the last name starting with "B"scored. Jaret Babych got the goal while assists went to Brady Bjornson and Jacob Bergeron. Jake Roder made the score 6-1 after forty minutes with an unassisted goal, there was under two minutes left in the period.

The last twenty minutes saw the Wolf Pack actually outshoot the Sockeyes, 7-6. A rare occurrence as the Fish nearly send everything but the kitchen sink on net. Drew Spencer got his twelth goal of the year and second on the evening, while Sam Chichak scored his first hat-trick of the 2010-2011 season. Before the game ended the Wolf Pack scored when Garrett Woodside made the final score 8-2.

For the 32nd time out of 34 games Richmond outshot their opponent, this time 34-19. Aaron Oakley now has 16 victories in 18 tries in net, he stopped 17 of 19 shots. Jordan Liem stopped 26 of 34 shots. Sam Chichak was named first star with three goals, Drew Spencer was second star with two goals and an assist, and the Wolf Pack's Jaret Babych getting the final nod with a goal in the game.

Six Sockeyes players had more than two points including Keenan Webb, Jake Roder, Brayden Low, Sam Chichak, Drew Spencer and Eli Wiebe.

The next game will be Thursday, January the 13th when the Delta Ice Hawks come to the Minoru Arena. It will be a battle of the two best teams in the PIJHL. Game time is 7:30 with SockeyesTV starting at 7:15 be sure to tune in on

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