It was a 5th straight loss for the Mission City Outlaws on Saturday night when the team made the trip to the Harry Jerome Recreation Centre in North Van to take on the Wolf Pack.
It was a spirited affair between the 2 clubs as they fought tooth and nail throughout the game to see who would get an edge in the total PJHL standings. North Van came into the game with the small edge in points with 43 and the Outlaws were looking to tie the Wolf Pack as they are sitting idle at 41 points.
North Van would lead early and never relinquish the lead throughout the entire 60 minutes as they were able to fight off a better offensive push from the Outlaws in a 5-4 final and now the Wolf Pack have a 4 point lead for the title of best in the league.
It was a penalty filled affair as Mission City was 2 for 11 on the power play and North Van was 3 for 10 with the man advantage. Head coach Brad Veitch has been pretty disappointed in his teams penalty kill during this recent skid ” The penalty kill has been pretty poor with the loss of Brody Dyck” said Veitch, ” Execution and assignments are being missed.”
Veitch added ” The guys are trying to force too much at the wrong times making errors they can’t be making and are hanging our goalies out to dry”, in reference to the losing skid.
As I mentioned in a previous write up, Mission City is a good team and most good teams face some sort of adversity and Coach Veitch has assured that the team will be practicing over the Christmas break and that a different team will hit the ice at the Winter Classic Showcase on January 1st at the Minoru Arena in Richmond.
Speaking of the Showcase, the Mission City Outlaws will open up the event with a rematch against the very same North Van Wolf Pack as the puck is set to drop at 1 PM.
As always you can listen to the broadcast for FREE on the Outlaws Broadcast Network at mixlr.com/outlawshockey as the pregame show gets going at 12:50 PM on New Years Day.
On behalf of the entire Mission City Outlaws Junior Hockey Club we would like to wish the fans and your families a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a safe and Happy New Years.
SEE YOU IN 2016!!!
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