Richmond has found ways to claw back in many games this year, but this one was the craziest. This game saw the return of Kootenay Alder after serving his 9 game suspension. He was a bit rusty to start the gave and he got pulled after letting in 5 goals on 17 shots. Kurt Russell had a late penalty shot goal in the third period to send Richmond to the dressing room after the second period with their heads hung low. But this is no ordinary Sockeyes team, this is a team which only lost 5 regulation games all year. Richmond came out firing on all cylinders to start the Third period. Richmond scored 3 goals in under a minute and a half to tie the game 6-6 with 14 minutes to go in the third period.
Alder had replaced Kurt Russell to start the third period and he made a huge save when the score was 6-6. This allowed Richmond to breakout and Cole Plotnikoff wired a beautiful shot over the Wolf Pack netminder to give them their first lead of the game with 10 minutes left. Matthew Bissett would add another and the Sockeyes would run out the clock to claim their third Tom Shaw victory in the past 4 seasons. This truly was an absolutely unbelievably entertaining game by a team that showed true, heart, teamwork and resiliency.
A huge congratulations to the North Vancouver Wolf Pack on their season as they fought hard against the Sockeyes all series long. the first three games were all decided by one goal and two of them were in overtime. Either team could have taken this series.
The Sockeyes have no easy task ahead of them as they will have a short break before their first game against the Harold Brittain conference champion Aldergrove Kodiaks(defeated the Abbotsford Pilots 4-1 in Harold Brittain final). This is a rematch of last years PJHL final which saw the Sockeyes skate away with a 4-0 series sweep. This championship series will be much different, the Kodiaks team this year is extremely talented with numerous offensive weapons. Richmond will have to be on their a-game all series long to defeat the Kodiaks. The PJHL final schedule will be posted soon.