Sunday, March 4, 2012

Thorsteinson natural hat-trick leads Sockeyes to 7-3 win (Sockeyes Lead Series 3-1)


Game four of the Tom Shaw semi-finals goes to the Richmond Sockeyes as they win three straight and have a 3-1 series stranglehold on the North Vancouver Wolf Pack. The Sockeyes were lead by Rudi Thorsteinson who scored a natural hat-trick in the first period scoring all three goals with the first 17 minutes of the period.

The first shift for the Sockeyes top line of Thorsteinson, Kyzen Loo and Jeremy Hamaguchi got started off on the right foot scoring two goals on one shift. Both goals came from Thorsteinson, he added his third goal late in the period of a nice redirect in front of the net. Loo and Hamaguchi both had two assists on the goals. Richmond led the game 3-0 after the first period.

The Wolf Pack got on the board early in the second period to close the gap to one with a Quin Buckellew shot that went over Sockeyes goalie Kootenay Alder's glove. Richmond were the team to respond though with two goals before the period ended. Carter Popoff deflected a puck off of him in front and Michael Ball sent a seeing eye shot through about five players and into the net for a 5-1 lead.

In the third period Keenan Webb added a floater goal that found its way in. Brodyn Nielsen and Brady Bjornson scored for North Van but Sam Chichak put a combat to sleep with his second goal of the playoffs as Richmond won the game 7-3. 

Richmond now has a commanding 3-1 series lead against the Wolf Pack. Richmond is getting scoring depth from top to bottom as all lines are firing and getting on the board. Rudi Thorsteinson now leads the teams in points with six goals and two assists for eight points in the PIJHL playoffs.

Kootenay Alder picked up his third straight win in net for the Sockeyes while Jordan Liem lost his third straight for the Wolf Pack.

On a side note the Richmond Sockeyes had their goal horn stolen from the arena during the second intermission. If anyone saw anything/anyone acting strange or suspicious around that area please contact us immediately as we would simply like to get our horn back. 

Richmond will now look to close out the series against the Pack on Monday night, the game is a 7:30 puckdrop. You can also watch the game online on SockeyesTV at 

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