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The Outlaws were on the wrong end of a pair of scorelines this weekend, falling 6-3 to Delta Saturday and 7-4 to Grandview on Sunday.
The Outlaws played the top two teams in the Shaw Conference in back-to-back games, so you knew it would be a daunting task to come away with 4 points.
If they had reproduced what they did in the second period of both games, they just might have.
The Ice Hawks led 3-1 after 20 minutes at the MLC. Two of the goals (Jonathan Stein and Daniel Rubin) were scored moments after a Delta power-play advantage expired, and Mark Trottman finished off a 2-on-1 with 1:30 left. Baylee Wright had the Outlaws marker, a short handed tally aided by Ryan Sharma and Michael Sande after the Hawks failed to clear the zone.
The Outlaws knotted the game in the second period thanks to power-play goals by Ryan Sharma (who was in the right place to complete a Sammy Zeinab effort) and Justin Bowerman had the other goal. That one drew an officials conference call, as the puck was in Cooper Anderson’s glove, but it was behind the goal line.
It was the third that spelled doom for the hosts. Jordan Bogress tallied with the Hawks up a man, then Kyle Ahlfield made the Outlaws pay for not clearing the zone. The last Delta goal was Nevan Flay’s first junior goal, scored into an empty net. Matthew Trulsen made 28 saves, Anderson 31.
Coach Brad Veitch said it took the Outlaws the first period to adjust to the speed of the Ice Hawks, but didn’t see it as much of a factor after that. He was also very pleased with the effort of Nikolas Sourtzis and Michael Hamm on the blueline.
“They were the two guys we leaned on, they brought a really good compete level tonight. What I liked is that they weren’t afraid to make plays. I thought Michael Nemeth looked comfortable by the third period, too. He’s a mobile defenseman that is starting to come into his own.”
On Sunday, the Outlaws traveled to Burnaby to face the front running Steelers.The Outlaws had their two new additions in the line-up. Jackson Waniek wore #88, Royce Rosignol #6.
The Outlaws fell behind in this game, spotting Grandview a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Mission City was sparked in the second by Sammy Zeinab while shorthanded. He poked the puck past a defender along the left wall, sped towards the net and deked out Matteo Paler-Chow. The Outlaws second goal was almost scored with Mission down a man again. Baylee Wright made the Steelers pay for not covering up a puck by sliding the loose disk home. Christian Bettiol restored the Steelers lead with just 3:29 left in the middle frame.
The hosts restored their 2 goal cushion in the third as Nico Bruno fired a great feed from Adam Rota past Keaton Dyck with just under 19 minutes remaining in regulation.
The Outlaws battled back to tie the game. Both goals on the power-play. Justin Bowerman converted a centering pass from Micahl Holub, then Waniek and Wright played give and goo, with the end result a red light credited to the newest Outlaw.
A point shot from Joseph Santalucia 1:13 after the Waniek offering sealed the deal, as the Steelers scored two more to win 7-4. Dyck had 31 stops, Paler-Chow 24.