The Outlaws were edged 2-1 in overtime in Burnaby Sunday afternoon.
It was like hockey’s version of Netflix. There was seemingly something for every fan.
There was quick puck movement. Fierce battles along the boards. Nasty mix-ups after the whistle was blown. And the goaltending…
Matt Trulsen continued his stellar play of late, making two sensational stops in the first period to keep it scoreless. Most impressive might have been his glove snatching away a sure goal from Jeffery Wong with the Steelers up a man.
The hosts would strike first. Wong got his revenge to give the Steelers a 1-0 lead, putting home a rebound.
The Outlaws tied it up thanks to a typical Justin Bowerman goal. A greasy, hard-working number that snuck by Mateo Paler-Chow after a scramble in front.
The Outlaws pressed late in the game, but to no avail. For the sixth time this season, and second time against Grandview, an Outlaws contest was decided in extra time.
A bit of controversy surrounded the winner scored by Keito Lee less than a minute in. Matt Trulsen charged out towards the referee to show that the net was seemingly off the pegs.
They would not change their decision. 2-1 Steelers.
Assistant coach Nick Thompson offered his thoughts on what transpired, including whether playing three games in four nights hurt the boys in the later stages of the game.
“Yeah, fatigue played a factor in our start this afternoon, we were slow out of the gate and they were ready to go. I thought, though, that our Boys battled hard and got a hard fought point against the top team in the other conference. In all honesty, it’s all about getting into playoff mode for us now,” the former Outlaws Assistant captain explained.
“We’re not worrying about who we play in the first round (as to whether or not they finish 3rd or 4th). We feel that if we play the way we can and Trulsen keeps bringing his A game we can be dangerous.”
The Outlaws are now 4-0-2 since the Winter Classic, trailing the Flames by two points with six games left. Next up is a visit to the MSA to face Noah Weibe, Nate Castonguay. Kolby Steen and the Pilots on Friday.