Outlaws win in North Van, remain unbeaten in regulation against the Kodiaks

 

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Photo courtesy of Doug Abbott

The Outlaws built a 3-0 lead at Harry Jerome Saturday en route to a 5-2 win against the Wolf Pack a day after getting 52 saves from Matt Trulsen in a 3-2 overtime loss at the hands of Aldergrove.

For a team that had relied on filling the opposition net to be competitive, the Outlaws tried something new this weekend against the Wolf Pack and Kodiaks. They rode stellar goal-tending and a deeper commitment to defense in nabbing 3 of a possible 4 points.

On Saturday, unlikely heroes emerged from the shadows to deliver a win.

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Kyle Mooney struck twice in a 5-2 win in North Vancouver, including the game winner. cwjbmjrucaatjbaThe Outlaws also saw Nik Sourtzis score his first junior goal. Jacob Dorey had an assist in his first game.

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The usual suspects also played a big role. Baylee Wright had a goal and an assist. Jackson Waniek scored his second in three games wearing Silver and Black, and was named first star. Sammy Zeinab is now tied for the league lead in assists with 16 (along with Wright) after a pair of helpers. Keaton Dyck made 30 saves in improving to 3-1 on the year.

Coach Brad Veitch was pleased with how his team began the game.

“We finally had a really good start and took the game to them early. We dominated the first period. Managed to play 5 on 5 for most of the final 40 minutes, playing an excellent road game with the lead”.

He expanded further on some of the key individual performances.

“Kyle Mooney scored twice on just two chances. The line of Nathan McCarnan,  Jacob Dorey and Jeremy Zomar were really effective, scoring one and used their energy to give us lots of momentum. Michal Holub, Ryan Sharma and Justin Bowerman played very well dominating zone time as a line even though they didn’t score and the line of Baylee Wright, Jackson Waniek and Sammy Zeinab were dangerous all night and were rewarded with a pair. It was probably, overall, one of our best defensive efforts”

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On Friday, the Outlaws hosted a rare non-Saturday home game with the Aldergrove Kodiaks paying a visit. The Outlaws had won the previous two meetings head-to-head by scores of 3-1 and 3-2.

Both goaltenders were really good, as Matt Trulsen and Dawson Rodin held both teams off the board for the first 40 minutes. No easy feat in a game that featured 5 of the top 10 scorers in the lead. The teams traded goals in the third period. Baylee Wright opened the scoring with a wrist shot from the slot after a turnover. Jacob de Waal replied with an individual effort. Eric Callegari gave the visitors a lead on a screened shot with the Kodiaks up a man. Wright tied it with under 4 minutes remaining, burying a Ryan Sharma rebound home on the power-play.

That set up extra time, and the Kodiaks scored on a power-play. Callegari another screened wrist shot. Shots were 55-26 for the Kodiaks, who have now won 9 of their last 10 games after a 2-0 win in Burnaby Sunday.

Nathan McCarnan had an assist in his Outlaws debut and was very good on the penalty kill.

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The Outlaws are just 6 points back of the Ridge Meadows Flames for third with 2 games in hand. They visit the Cave in Aldergrove on Wednesday before hosting the Sockeyes on Saturday.

Steve Muller will have the call on PlayFullScreen.com for both games as I am away at a wedding in Winnipeg.

 

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