Friday, October 31, 2014

Sockeyes Quench Flames

Having allowed 13 goals in their last three games, the Sockeyes looked to tighten up defensively in a game against the visiting Ridge Meadows Flames.

It didn't go off to a great start early as Jonathin Weloy scored for the Flames after a broken play in the Sockeyes zone just over three minutes into the game. Sockeyes responded midway through the period after a great offensive shift for the Sockeyes ended with the 2nd goal of the season for Evan Thomas. Sockeyes poured on the pressure late in the period despite taking the only three penalties of the period, racking up five shots in the final three minutes. The last of those five shots found the back of the net, as Daniel Oakley put one home with 16 seconds remaining in the period to put the Sockeyes up a goal heading into the first intermission.

The Sockeyes began the 2nd period with more penalties, their 4th, 5th, and 6th consecutive infractions. Fortunately their penalty kill outweighed their discipline as they killed off both to retain their one-goal lead. Sockeyes held a one-goal lead after 40 minutes, despite playing 12 of those minutes with only four skaters.

The newly-formed line of Bissett-Oakley-Thomas continued their dominance in the third. Kurt Russell was spectacular throughout, but he was at his best during the final minutes, making a glove save on a shot that was labeled for the top-right corner before an equally impressive left pad save. That bought the time for Tyler Andrews to bury an empty-net goal to put the game away.

Sockeyes overcame being shorthanded eight times to grind out a 3-1 win. Sockeyes head to Langley November 3 to play the Knights. That game will kick off a four day stretch in which the Sockeyes play three games, ending off next Thursday hosting the Knights.

- Bailey Meadows

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