Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sockeyes win squeaker at home (Sockeyes 2-0)


Once again the North Delta Devils opened the scoring, but they couldn't hang on to defeat their division rival Sockeyes. Ryan Cooper would eventually score the game winner for the Sockeyes, to give them a strong 2-0 series lead.

The first period saw some stellar goaltending on both sides of the rink, Aaron Oakley for the Sockeyes and Alex Wind got the start for the Devils. Wind replaced Alex Ahnert in game one after he allowed six goals in the first 30 minutes of play. The Devils goaltender stopped ten shots against him while Oakley played huge stopping 12 shots on him.

Richmond was thanking its stars that they weren't down after the first, as many good chances went to the Devils. The found themselves on a 4 on 2 breaking up ice with Adam Nathwani controlling the puck. Normally on a chance like that you make a couple passes, but he blasted a shot over the shoulder of Oakley to open the scoring 1-0. The shot actually blew the lid off of the water bottle sitting on the top of the net.

But there wasn't any quit in the Sockeyes eyes, and Aaron Oakley turned his game on preventing any Devils scoring opportunities. While Richmond found themselves on a 5 on 3 power play they went to work. Michael Ball sent a pass to captain Patrick Hunter on the side pf the net, he waited for Sebastien Pare to get open and sent a cross crease feed tape to tape. Pare was able to send a blistering wrist shot past Wind to tie the game at the 7:05 mark of the second.

Coming into the third period with the score tied 1-1 neither team wanted to be the one to go down, or make that mistake. Oakley had to play huge, as the Devils had some great offensive zone pressure for most of the period. Richmond would be rewarded with the tie-breaking goal. Eli Wiebe danced around a defenceman from the Devils and sent the puck on net, it couldn't make it past Wind, but a pinching Ryan Cooper knocked the puck in for a 2-1 lead.

In the last 3 minutes the game was incredibly intense with great chances by both sides, Aaron Oakley was a rock in net stopping all ten shots he faced in the period. Richmond would would come away from game two at the Minoru Arena with a 2-1 win and a 2-0 series lead.

Game three will go tomorrow night at the Minoru Arena at a late 8:45 start time due to ice time conflict. Richmond would be able to take a huge stranglehold on the series if they win. You can always watch as well on SockeyesTV with Dustin Forbes and Aaron Mackay

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