As good as the Mission City Outlaws have played lately, even good teams need to have a hiccup of sorts from time to time and that rang true for the team this week as they were only able to get 2 out of 6 possible points in what was a busy week of hockey.
The Outlaws started off the week with a rare Wednesday night affair with the North Van Wolf Pack at the Harry Jerome Recreation Centre and it wasn’t exactly the start the team was looking for. The Outlaws found themselves flat footed and found themselves on the wrong end of a 6-0 deficit through the first 33 minutes. Then you could really see Mission City start to get their feet back under them and they battled back hard and leading the charge was Outlaws leading scorer Bryce Pisiak who registered a hat trick. But the Wolf Pack were too much to handle and Mission City would drop a 9-5 decision.
A bounce back game was needed from the Outlaws on Saturday night at the MLC but it wasn’t going to come easy when Mission City would take one of the leagues best, the Richmond Sockeyes. In a tight game for the opening 40 minutes, the Outlaws again were lead by Pisiak as he notched his 2nd consecutive hat trick on route to a 5-1 victory.
It was a quick turnaround for the team as the Mission City Outlaws made their final trip to the Burnaby Winter Club to take on the Grandview Steelers in what would be another tough contest for the Outlaws. Grandview had a whole week off between games and they were definitely the fresher of the 2 teams. The Outlaws would draw first blood as affiliate Baylee Wright would slip one past goaltender Cole MacInnes. That really seemed to spark the Steelers, who came into the game riding a 4 game winning streak, and Grandview tied the game up before the opening frame ended and then got the lead in the 2nd and didn’t look back as they handed the Outlaws a 5-3 loss.
Captain David McGowan’s impressive 13 game point streak came to an end on Sunday afternoon but McGowan will take that in stride as he is happy with the way his teammates keep finding ways to work hard and battle to bounce back.
I was able to speak with David prior to the game on Sunday and I ran the interview on our pregame show but in case you missed it I included it in the blog.
The Outlaws will get right back to work as they will make 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.