I wish I could come up with a better headline but the harsh reality is that the Outlaws are on a 6 game losing skid. The positive news is that they really looked like a team that wants to bump the slump last night when they really played well against a very tough opponent in the Langley Knights.
The negative for this club has to be the fact that the team has taken more than their fair share of penalties and in any form of hockey, you will not have any success moving forward if these trends to the penalty box don’t at least minimize.
The rematch with the Abbotsford Pilots took place on Friday night, this time at the MSA Arena in Abbotsford and for my money Mission City played great in the first 40 minutes. However, the team spent too much time in the penalty box in the second half of the middle frame and that did not sit well going into the 3rd period. The Pilots were able to take the lead and not look back handing the Outlaws a 5-2 loss. Again the team was tied with their opponent heading to the final period and Mission City was looking to bounce back Saturday night against the Langley Knights at the MLC.
Like I mentioned before, the team played very well last night as the Outlaws opened the scoring early on in the contest. The Knights seemed to have an answer early on as they were able to capitalize on the power play to tie things up before 2 quick goals from Mission City really opened things up and just when everyone thought the team would take a 2 goal lead into the second period, Langley was able to get back within 1 with just 1 second left in the opening frame.
In the 2nd period, Langley would notch the game up at 3-3 early on but quickly saw it erased when the Outlaws were able to get 2 goals of their own right back making it a 5-3 score. But Langley wasn’t done there. The Knights were able to get a second power play goal and narrow the score back to within 1 goal. Then in the final moments of the period, at the conclusion of a penalty, Alex Kalau would exit the box and receive a beautiful pass behind the defence and potted one past Bryce Phenix to tie things up at 5-5 making way for yet a very familiar scenario for the Mission City Outlaws going into the final frame.
The third period was a better effort put forward by the Outlaws but the Knights were just a little too much for Mission City to handle and 3 more goals from Langley including a short handed empty netter put the final nail in the game for the Outlaws as they lose by a final score of 8-5.
The Outlaws need to take what they did well in this game and move forward onto Wednesday night when the team makes the trip to the Aldergrove Community Arena to take on the Aldergrove Kodiaks.
As for now you’re up to date. See you at the rink.