Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sockeyes now three points up on Ice Hawks


With wins against the Aldergrove Kodiaks and Port Moody Black Panthers there is now a three point separation between Richmond and Delta for first place in the Tom Shaw Conference. A 8-1 victory on Thursday night at the Minoru Arena and a 5-3 win over Port Moody has left the Sockeyes more comfortable in the race for first place.

Thursday night at the Minoru arena saw Richmond dominate the Harold Brittain Conference last place Aldergrove Kodiaks. In the first period Ross Baadsvik was playing very strong, stopping many good chances for Richmond. Late in the first period though the tide started to change, Jeremy Hamaguchi score and then Jake Roder scored just 14 seconds later. That would give the Sockeyes a 2-0 lead.

From that point on it was all Sockeyes, they scored six more goals, while the Kodiaks could only manage to get one goal past Aaron Oakley. Richmond got goal from Pare, Siemens, Hunter and Low, but the line of Hamaguchi, Thorsteinson, and Roder had an absolutely unbelievable game. between the three players they registered four goals, seven assists and eleven points.

Aaron Oakley made 22 of 23 stops in net, and because of his strong play now has 19 wins and a 2.21 GAA. He got the rest against Port Moody on Saturday night. Devin Nijjer would be between the pipes for Richmond.

Five different players scored for Richmond as they defeated the Black Panthers 5-3. Thortseinson and Hamaguchi once again got off to a great start, giving their team a 2-0 lead after the first period.

In the second period Port Moody got back into the game with two goals, but Eli Wiebe was able to get a goal to end the period 3-2.

An exciting third period saw the Black Panthers tie the game 3-3, but the Sockeyes are a resilient team and have now never lost in regulation when leading after two periods. Jake Roder and Patrick Hunter would score and give Richmond the 5-3 win and have now won 13 of 14 games.

The next game for the Richmond Sockeyes is this Thursday against the North Delta Devils. North Delta is the only team that has a winning record agauinst the Sockeyes. They have gone 3-1-0-1 against Richmond this year. Game time is 7:300 PM and you can watch the game on SockeyesTV

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