Richmond's power-play continued its success early when Troy Kaczynski found the back of the net just four seconds into their first man-advantage of the game. Kurt Russell had a strong period, making ten saves in the first to keep the Sockeyes up a goal after 20 minutes.
Kaczynski created a turnover in the first minute of the 2nd before dishing a pass cross-crease to Tyler Paterson who scored to put the Sockeyes up by two. Bryce Phenix made a couple of huge glove saves to keep his team in the game. That proved to be the spark the Outlaws needed. Teams traded goals before a long-range wrister found a way past Russell onto the goal line before it was jammed home to pull the Outlaws within one. Outlaws took full advantage, scoring another two goals on Russell before Nathan Alalouf came in. The goaltending change seemed to change nothing as the Outlaws quickly tallied once more before the period ended to shock the Sockeyes and take a 5-3 lead.
Sockeyes came out looking to regain control of this game, but Phenix shut the door early in the period for the Outlaws. That bought enough time for the Outlaws to go up 6-3 on a goal that snuck under the arm of Alalouf. Kaczynski brought the Sockeyes within two when he scored his second goal and third point of the night. That was as close as the Sockeyes would come as they lose back-to-back games for the first time this season, despite outshooting Mission 34-27.
The Sockeyes will try to get back into the win column on Saturday when they visit the Port Moody Panthers.
- Bailey Meadows