Outlaws stave off Flames comeback to secure the extra point

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF JEFF DYCK

For the second straight home game, fans at the MLC were treated to another thrilling conclusion. And, for the second straight home game, the paying customer went home with an extra bounce in their step as the Outlaws edged the Ridge Meadows Flames 4-3 in double overtime on Saturday.

It was a nice bounce-back from Tuesday’s 6-3 loss in Ladner to the surging Ice Hawks.

Keaton Dyck (Outlaws) and Paul Tucek (Flames) were given their respective starts, and both played an integral role in sending the game to extra time.

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The Outlaws opened the scoring thanks to some Baylee Wright trickery. Wright won the faceoff to himself in the Flames zone and promptly feathered a pass to Michal Holub, who fired in his 9th of the season at 6:28 in the first period.

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The Flames answered on the power-play, making short work of their opportunity. Brandon Galbraith slotted home a rebound past Dyck 17 seconds into the man advantage at 8:21.

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The Outlaws countered with a pair to close out the opening 20 minutes. Kyle Mooney was rewarded for his spirited play all night when he tipped a Michael Hamm point shot past Tucek at 15:19. Nathan McCarnan the other assist.

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Ryan Sharma struck with just :55 seconds remaining in the period. He gathered up a puck along the left wing around center, managed to weave his way past the Flames defense, then bank a shot off of one of their skates for a 3-1 lead. Sammy Zeinab and Kyle Dosanj drew the assists. Shots were 14-9 ‘Laws.

No goals in the second, but not for lack of effort. Dyck stopped all 12 shots he faced with a large chunk of them coming on the 3 power-plays the Flames had to work with. The Outlaws sent 5 towards Tucek.

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It was an ominous start to the third period for the hosts. A miscommunication as an Outlaws player brought the puck from behind his net resulted in an turnover which was tapped in past an unsuspecting Dyck at 7:11 by Quenton Magnusson.

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The Flames tied the game up with just under 6 minutes remaining. Jonah Lige’s wrist shot found it’s way through a screen to make it 3-3. Shots were 12-9 Ridge.

Nothing was solved after the first 5 minutes of overtime.

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In the second overtime, Michael Sande sent a perfect pass to a streaking Baylee Wright. He managed to dangle a defender before outwaiting Tucek to win the game 1:35 in. Wright’s 4th game winner.

Both goalies faced 5 shots in extra time.

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After the game, Sande says he feels his team is moving in the right direction.

“I think this shows we (the Outlaws) aren’t to be taken lightly. We feel we have the guys in place to make a serious run in the playoffs. Adding a guy like Dosanj can only help us, he’s got great speed and is a really good player.”

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For Keaton Dyck, the season turn around seemingly echoes the Beatles hit ‘Come together’.

“It’s the chemistry. We are starting to come together. We have a great group of guys that support each other, even the new guys coming in are so positive. It’s made for a really good feel on the team right now.”

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Jacob Dorey was named 2nd star for his tenacious play, and said beating the team that traded him was sweet.

“It felt absolutely unreal…felt so good! I wasn’t even worried when they tied it. I have so much faith in these boys, I knew we were going to win.”

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Nathan McCarnan centered a line with Mooney and Nik Sourtzis that did a magnificent of pressuring the Flames defense all night. He said the trades the Scott Kieler has made (including acquiring him) have played a big role in the team’s upward trend.

“We’ve got a new group of guys who are willing to work hard…day in, day out. We’ve really bonded well and have become a close knit team that wants to win for each other.”

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Coach Brad Veitch liked how his team was able shake off some mistakes in the third.

“We started getting into some trouble in the second, and then had the unfortunate goal that made it 3-2, then the turn over that tied the game. But listen, I thought we showed some great resolve in the way we were able to finish and get the extra point.

As for the play of Wright, who’s scored 33 points over a 14 game streak?

“He’s been huge. He’s been our go to guy all year. I think with the guys we’ve picked up, we’ve been able to give him a more manageable role in terms of ice time. It will take some adjustment for him getting a few less minutes every night, but I’m confident he’ll continue to find ways to put up points. Look at the goal he got tonight…not very many guys can do what he did. ”

And what did he think of Dosanj’s home debut?

“I thought he was really good. He won, I think, 85% of his face offs, which is big for us. He adds a ton of speed…and I thought he meshed well with Ryan (Sharma) and Sammy (Zeinab).

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In the 6-3 loss to Delta, Sharma had a goal and an assist while Nic Bizzutto had a goal and a helper. Justin Bowerman the other goal, Matt Trulsen made 25 saves.

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Next up for the Gunslingers is a meeting with the league-leading Kodiaks in Aldergrove Wednesday, followed by a visit from the North Van Wolfpack on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

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