Richmond just pushed itself to within one game of making the Tom Shaw Conference finals as they defeated the North Delta Devils by a blowout score of 8-1. Thanks in large part to a fantastic power play that capitalized six times and a undisciplined North Delta team that had 11 penalties and over 50 minutes in penalties.
North Delta was playing great hockey to start the game, controlling most of the play in the opening period, but it would be the Sockeyes who came out on top. With Sebastien Pare getting a nice feed on the side of the net and ripping home a shot to give Richmond the 1-0 lead. This was the first game the Sockeyes opened the scoring in, as the Devils scored the first goal in both previous games.
Then came the second period. Connor Wilson added an insurance marker after a Scott Wessa shot from the point bounced of the back wall behind Alex Wind and he potted the rebound behind Wind. At this point the score was 2-0, but the game deteriorated after that goal. Julius Ho, the captain of the Devils was ejected after a vicious knee to Sebastien Pare. On the 5 minute major penalty the Sockeyes capitalized four time, with goals by Thorsteinson, Hunter, Hamaguchi and Ball. It was after the fourth goal the Alex Wind was pulled and relief duties were given to Alex Ahnert. The fifth goal was where the Devils became completely undisciplined, Marco Finucci hammering Rudi Thorsteinson in front of their net, he was being ejected and as he was heading out, he grabbed Jake Roder's stick and tried to throw it into the crowd. The fans responded with a shower of boo's. It was a totally unprofessional act by Mr. Finucci.
The period would end 6-0, but the game was over long before that, Pare would not return, and the Sockeyes would score two more goals, this time by Siemens and Webb. Aaron Oakley played great in net, only allowing one goal against. He stopped 26 of the 27 Devils shots, while Alex Wind was 18 for 22 in the loss, and relief goaltender Alex Ahnert stopped 28 of 32.
With the game ending 8-1, the feeling in the third period was just, lets get out of here without any more problems. We will have to wait to see if Pare will be back for game four of this series, as the Sockeyes now have the chance to close out the series in North Delta. Game time is 6:45, February 26th in North Delta, you can watch the broadcast live on SockeyesTV www.richmondsockeyes.com