On Thursday night the Port Moody Panthers paid a visit to the Mission Leisure Centre to take on the Mission City Outlaws. The Outlaws came into the game on a high from the 5-3 win they had in Aldergrove the night before and the Panthers were desperately needing a win as they were loser’s of their last 5 games.
The Outlaws would open the scoring for the fourth straight game in a row as Brody Dyck took the puck from behind the opposition net and banked it off Goaltender Alex Orth and into the net. Port Moody would answer back just 3 minutes later with a goal from Daniel Delbianco to tie things up at 1-1 after 1 period of play.
The second period started like the first with the Outlaws dictating most of the play but on a broken up play in the Outlaws zone, Delbianco would take a hit to make the play and feed it over to Nick Franco who put it past Will Latimer. Then the answer came from the Outlaws as they scored to tie things up with a goal from Bryce Pisiak who put it top shelf on Orth. In the last minute of play on the power play, Mission City would take the lead with just 12 seconds left on a great individual effort from Cameron Bertsch when Bertsch took the puck from behind his own goal and traveled at high speeds to go left to right on Orth and put over the net minders shoulder and in. For my money one of the nicest goals of the season from the Outlaws.
To the third and the Outlaws would control out of the gate again, however the Panthers were able to dig deep and with a blind backhand from Rota behind the Outlaws net found a streaking Sammy Zeinab who took full advantage tying the game up. You could start to see the Outlaws come a little bit unraveled at this point and although Mission City threw a lot of shots at Orth, the Panthers goaltender seemed to have an answer. To add insult to injury the Panthers would score 3 more times in the third for a total of 4 unanswered goals from Jordan Wharrie, Wolfgang Schoenefuhs and Adam Rota. The final 6-3 and the Panthers ended their 5 game losing streak.
For the most part the Outlaws were the better team when it came to time of possession and play creating in the offensive zone. Full props to the Panthers for digging deep and capitalizing on their chances and picking up the win.
The Mission City Outlaws will have a whole week to get ready for next game as they don’t play until Thursday night when they host the Grandview Steelers at the Mission Leisure Centre. Puck drop as always is 7:15pm.
As for now your up to date. See you at the rink.