Outlaws can’t reel in Sockeyes, now win less in four

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The Sockeyes scored three times in the Second period at the MLC Saturday en route to a 5-3 win over the Outlaws.

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Ryan Sharma led all Outlaws scorers with 2 assists.

It was a rough night for the ‘Laws, including us in the broadcast booth. As we were working on getting PlayFullScreen up and running for the first time this season, the visiting Fish opened the scoring midway through the First. Brendan Marfleet slid one past Payton Gibson, who made 23 saves in his second start of the year.

The Outlaws tied it on the power-play. Michal Holub scored his 4th goal in 6 games, set up by Ryan Sharma and Michael Hamm with 5 minutes remaining .

The Sockeyes took the lead for good thanks to Brett Gelz scoring at 16:16. It was a night where Gibson struggled with allowing far too many rebounds, and the team in front had a hard time clearing them away from the Sockeyes fore check.

The turning point of the game came in the Second period. The ‘Laws were trailing 3-1 after Arjun Badh scored on the PP, when Baylee Wright was sent to the showers for a check from behind. That left them without their number one center.

The teams exchanged goals in the 13 minute mark. Brodie Crawford made it 4-1 through the 5-hole, only to see Nate Castonguay respond from Sammy Zeinab and Holden Wilkerson 43 seconds later. The visitors scored once more, Austin Cook capitalizing on a turnover to give Richmond a 5-2 lead after 40 minutes.

The Outlaws managed one more past Jack Stradiotti in the Third. Justin Bowerman scored up a man from Ryan Sharma with 9:13 left.

The game got very testy at the end. Holden Wilkerson will sit out the next 8 games after being charged with leaving the bench and fighting Spencer Berry.

Shots were 28-26 in favor of Richmond, who got 3 assists from Jackson Munro.

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The Outlaws also fell 1-0 in Maple Ridge Friday. Bradley Crompton’s power-play goal with 5 minutes left in the first the only goal needed. The Flames held an 8-3 power-play advantage in the game. Matthew Trulsen another great outing, stopping 30 shots.

After the game, Coach Veitch said one word could be the resolution to the Outlaws slump.

“Work.”

“We need to get back to working hard. Plain and simple.” Veitch explained.

The Outlaws will have a big test of their work ethic Wednesday, when they visit the Cave in Aldergrove to take on the 5 and 1 Kodiaks.

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