The Richmond Sockeyes just keep on winning as they got off to a good start scoring three goals in the first period. Thanks in part to a big game from the always physical Kamesh Goundar, he scored two goals including the game winner and an assist. The Sockeyes hope that the New Year will continue the success that they had in 2010.
Tonight's game was the first at home since the Christmas break. They started the off in a good way as Drew Spencer fed Kamesh Goundar a pass behind the net. Goundar would then make a quick wraparound and squeeze the puck in between the post and David Banka's skate. This was the first time that Norbert Biszczak did not start the game for Grandview. After Colton Schock took a hooking penalty, the Sockeyes were pressuring the Steelers and Jake Roder passed it to Clayton Wright at the point. He walked the line and then sent the puck on net, Jeremy Hamaguchi Would tip the puck right past Banka to make it 2-0. With 5:09 left in the period Captain Patrick Hunter sent a cross crease feed to Sebastian Pare would ripped it in to end the period 3-0. Norbert Bisxczak would then replace Banka in net. Shots were 15-7 for the Fish.
The second period turned in favour for the Steelers when Kentaro Tanaka sent affiliate player Austin Vetterl a pass at the red line. Vetterl stepped over the blueline and used Clayton Wright as a screen, fired the op corner and over Devin Nijjer's glove. You could see Nijjer wasn't happy with himself after that goal.
Things got interesting after Jeremy Hamaguchi thought he had scored his second powerplay goal of the game, The puck went past Bizsczak but after initially calling it a goal, the referees discussed and said the net was off it's moorings. But from our vantage point the net appeared to be flat on the ice. Shortly after the Sockeyes got a 5 on 3 but could not score and it proved costly. The Steelers got within one goal Nicolas Gushue scored on the powerplay to make things 3-2.
The game's suprise hero though Kamesh Goundar would answer back for Richmond. After Michael Ball sent an absolutely beautiful pass from in the Sockeyes end to the opposing blueline, Goundar walked in patiently and snapped a shot on Bizsczak. It was so hard it bounced off his shoulder and just managed to trickle in by only an inch or so.
The third period was played very sloppy by both teams and there was a whole lot of neutral zone play. Grandview would add another goal by Grange Gordon, Th Sockeyes potted two more from Rudi Thorsteinson and Eli Wiebe to end the game with a 6-3 Sockeyes victory.
Grandview was badly outshot during the game, only getting 22 shots while the Sockeyes had 48. Kamesh Goundar was first star with two goals and an assist. His goal was the game-winner. Jeremy Hamaguchi had the second star with a goal and an assist. Third star went to affliate player Austin Vetterl who played solid all game long for the Steelers.
The win once again continues the Sockeyes climb in the Tom Shaw standings. they have won 6 straight games and are 19-2-0-2 in their last 23 games. They have played unbelievable in the last two month's, hoping to continue that success in January. Their next game is Saturday, January the 8th against The Squamish Wolk Pack at Brennan Park Arena. Next home game is next Thursday January the 13th against division rivals the Delta Ice Hawks. Be sure to tune in for SockeyesTV at www.richmondsockeyes.com