Photos by Nate Castonguay
The Outlaws were edged 4-3 in overtime by the Grandview Steelers Saturday at the MLC, a day after falling 7-2 at MSA to the Abbotsford Pilots.
It it had the makings of a perfect Hollywood feel-good movie.
It would have been an “under dog story”.A stay at home defender known more for keeping the opposing forwards at bay than lighting a red lamp, scores a goal with his net empty and a baker’s dozen seconds left on the game clock to tie the game, sending it to overtime and the crowd into a frenzy.
Unfortunately, it would not be the happy ending Michael Sande and the MLC faithful were hoping for, as Matteo Coltellaro capitalized on an Outlaws defender stumbling near the blueline in extra time. Coltellaro fed a wide open Nico Bruno for the game winner, his second of the night.
Back to the start of the game.
The Steelers looked to have the jump early on, as the Outlaws struggled to string together many passes.
The outlook changed midway through the first. Sammy Zeinab finished off a great feed after being left alone in the slot. Baylee Wright and Michal Holub the assists at 10:33. The only goal to slip past the Steelers Matteo Paler-Chow or the Outlaws Matthew Trulsen in the first 20 minutes. Trulsen was the main reason the Outlaws led after the first, making some dazzling saves.
Grandview tied it up in the Second. A bad line change by the Outlaws led to Bruno firing a hard wrist shot into the net to tie the game at 1-1 at 1:36.
The hosts went ahead up a man. A nice low wrist shot by Brendan Saether was tipped by Ryan Sharma to make it 2-1 MCO after 40.
Christian Bettiol scored twice in the third to put the Steelers ahead. First he snapped a shot past Trulsen right off a face off win in the Outlaws zone at 2:15. Then an Outlaws turnover saw him score on a wrist shot to make it 3-2 with just over 2 minutes left.
That set up Sande stepping in the spotlight. He actually kept the play alive first by twice stopping the Steelers from clearing the puck out of their zone.
After the game, Sande said his goal went according to script.
“The guys worked really hard tonight. We had a plan late to tie it up, and thankfully it worked! It was a good feeling seeing it hit the back of the net.”
Photo by Chris Thompson
He said it was also a nice statement from his team following Friday’s defeat in Abbotsford.
“I thought it was a great way to rebound, even if we didn’t win. We showed lots of heart. I think moving forward we just have to work on some small details to improve, and our breakouts also need some work.”
Coach Brad Veitch echoes some of those thoughts.
” I thought, compared to last game against the Pilots, collectively we were better defending with more urgency. We kept fighting out there for the puck. ”
“I thought Trulsen had another excellent game. He battled hard and was a big part of getting the point.”
Trulsen made 34 saves, Paler-Chow 36.
If you would like to read a recap of the loss at MSA, link is here.