This is the first installment of the Mission City Outlaws Weekly Wrap Up of the 2014/15 season and what a week of exciting Junior hockey it was for the Outlaws.
It all got started on Thursday when Mission City opened the regular season schedule at the George Preston Recreation Centre in Langley to take on the newly formed Langley Knights.
The Outlaws knew there was going to be a very excited Knights team on the other end of the ice as this was Langley’s home opener and they wanted to put together a good showing for the fans that packed the GPRC.
The Outlaws would open the scoring as Kolby Steen would get his squad on the board early on. The answer from the Knights was 2 power play goals in succession to take the lead back. Mission City would get an equalizer off the stick of David McGowan who had a beautiful tip shot in close to tie things up. However, while on the Outlaws man advantage, somehow Langley Knight forward Levi Dewall would get behind the defence shorthanded and take it in burying the puck past Jeff Veitch and lead 3-2 after the first period.
After a wild and wacky opening frame, the second period would see both clubs exchange multiple scoring chances but the score remained 3-2 after 2 periods.
In the final period, the team that came out with the fewer mistakes would carry majority of the play. Unfortunately for Outlaws fans that team was Langley. Langley potted a goal early on in the 3rd and Mission City had an answer back as they were able to get 2 goals back to tie things up. Some late mental mistakes from the Outlaws would cost them as the Knights would pot 3 more goals and put the dagger in the Outlaws chance of coming back in this one as Langley wins by a final score of 7-4 in front of a loud and excited crowd who went home happy.
The Outlaws were well aware of the mistakes they made. The silver lining was that this loss taught the new and veteran Outlaws a thing or 2 and they would look to rally back just 2 days later when they hosted the Aldergrove Kodiaks at the Mission Leisure Centre on Saturday night.
The defending champ Kodiaks, much like the Outlaws, came into the game after a tough loss in their first game where they lost 3-2 in double overtime to the Abbotsford Pilots on Wednesday night. This paved the way for what was going to be a fun one for everyone.
The Outlaws jumped out quick in this one as they lead 2-0. But in Kodiak fashion, no lead is safe and the Outlaws quickly found themselves trailing 3-2 on 3 unanswered goals from Aldergrove. This is how the first period would end with the hometown Outlaws trailing by 1.
Nothing could prepare us for the crazy 2nd period that was about to transpire. Bryce Phenix would come in relief of Jeff Veitch to start the 2nd period. The Kodiaks would waste little time going on the attack and were able to add to their lead making it 5-2 before the halfway point of the middle frame. The one thing that the fans will learn this year from this Outlaws squad is never count them out in a game and this certainly rang true as Mission City was able to dig deep and show some good resiliency to tie things up with 3 goals of their own turning the tide and notching it up at 5-5. The Outlaws were not done yet. After Aldergrove replaced their goalies, the Outlaws would test the cold goaltender quick and the Outlaws would lead 6-5 in the late stages of the period. But these 2 clubs weren’t done. The Kodiaks would get one back and tie it back up sending us to the 3rd tied at 6-6.
The final frame had a lot of great chances but both goalies seemed to really settle in and there was no scoring in the 3rd period forcing overtime.
It was an extremely tense and exciting extra frames but overtime would also solve nothing and this game would end in a 6-6 draw.
Newest Outlaws Forward Landen Matechuk had a great night as he was rewarded with a 3 goal performance for his efforts and earned the games first star.
All in all there is a lot to be excited about with this years Mission City team and it should be one heck of a ride going forward.
The next game up for the Outlaws is a date with the Abbotsford Pilots at the MSA Arena this Friday September 19th with a 7:30 PM puck drop.
As for now you’re up to date. See you at the rink.