It was a wacky and strange night of junior hockey on Tuesday night when the Outlaws took on the Delta Ice Hawks at the South Delta Rec Centre.
Mission City would control majority of the play in the first period scoring the games first goal and led 1-0 after the opening frame. Nothing could prepare anyone for what was going to happen the rest of the way when the strangeness began in the 2nd period.
It was a penalty filled 2nd period for the Outlaws as the undisciplined bug reared it’s ugly head. Mission City would be on the penalty kill for majority of the middle frame and momentum began to shift in the favour of the home town Ice Hawks. Although there were no power play goals, the Ice Hawks were able to tie the game up at 1-1 setting the stage for a thrilling final 20 minutes.
Just when the game looked destined for overtime, a strange bounce off the end wall behind Bryce Phenix would come right onto Delta leading scorer, Evan Grannery’s stick as he potted the go ahead and eventual game winning goal with just :45 seconds left. Delta won with a final score of 2-1.
Onto Saturday when the Outlaws were set to host the Ridge Meadows Flames. Mission City was in search of their first win on home ice and took a quick early 2 goal lead into the 2nd period.
The middle frame was the complete opposite as the Flames would tie things up on 2 power play chances and a good crowd at the MLC would strap in for a wild finish.
The Outlaws would capitalize on a strange bounce of their own when Brody Dyck threw the puck out front which banked off the Flames defence and past goalie Tyler Read to take the lead 3-2. The Flames pulled the goalie for the extra attacker but it was Mission City who was able to ice the game as Josh Pollock got the empty net goal just before the final buzzer went as Pollock had a pair of goals on the night and received the games first star.
Penalty kill was a bit better this week as the Outlaws opponents were held to just 2 goals on 12 power play attempts. Mission City were 3 for 8 on the power play so things seem to be clicking on that front and they will need that to keep going to start making the way up the Harold Brittain standings ladder.
The Mission City Outlaws will now enjoy a weeks break between games as they will welcome the Langley Knights at the Mission Leisure Centre this Saturday night. The puck drops at 6:45 PM.
Happy Thanksgiving from the entire Mission City Outlaws hockey family.
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