Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sockeyes annihilate Pilots

The Sockeyes hosted the Abbotsford Pilots on Thursday. The Sockeyes were looking for a second straight victory as they welcomed Troy Kaczynski, the league's leading scorer, back from injury.

It didn't take long for Kaczynski to get back on the score sheet. His shot along the ice was deflected in by Tyler Andrews just seven minutes into the game. A later Sockeyes power-play was capitalized on by Jake Wozney to put the Sockeyes up two after the opening frame.

Richmond picked up where they left off early in the 2nd period. The Kaczynski-Andrews-Colasimone line looked unstoppable throughout. First, Mac Colasimone finished off a pretty passing play with his line mates before putting one past Jacob Crawford. Colasimone later scored another goal on the power-play, also assisted by Kaczynski and Andrews.

Matthew Bissett also tallied before Crawford's night was cut short, allowing five goals on 14 shots. The goaltending change didn't spark anything for Abbotsford, as Daniel Oakley ripped one top corner past relief goaltender Alexander Kong.

The Sockeyes sat back on a more-than-comfortable lead in the 3rd, cruising to a 6-0 victory over the Pilots.

Nathan Alalouf was solid throughout the night, making 24 saves for the shutout. His best came at the end of the second period when a rebound shot was snared in tight with a quick glove.

The Pilots have now lost three straight, while the Sockeyes bump back up to 46 points, tied for first in the league.

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