Written by Andrew Cheverie
The Mission City Outlaws posted their second win in a row last night, toppling the Richmond Sockeye 5-3 in front of a lively home crowd at the Mission Leisure Centre.
Connor Jollymore put his speed and puck smarts to work early on, capitalizing on a pass from Chase Heslop to open the scoring at 8:26 of the opening frame.
After killing two penalties The Outlaws finally got a chance on the power play. Kyle Mooney banked in the rebound from a Nick Thomson point shot to put The Outlaws up 2-0.
The Sockeyes came out to a strong start early in the second, with Brett Gelz and Nick Bizzuto setting up Tyler Andrews to pull Richmond within one.
Just under 3 minutes later Kyle Mooney answered back with his second goal of the evening with Jackson O’Brien chipping in to get his second helper of the match.
It was a hotly contested third period. Arjun Badh scored first for The Sockeyes, only to have Liam Robinson regain the three-goal lead for The Outlaws at the eight-minute mark of the third period.
Tyler Andrews scored 37 seconds later to get The Sockeyes within two, but it was net minder Matthew Trulson who stood tall for The Outlaws, stopping 23-25 shots in the third period alone to send The Outlaws to the dressing room victorious for the second time in three nights.
When asked about his teams potential this season Trulson said “We definitely have a completely different team from last year. We are a young, strong, fast team. There is a lot of talent in this room as you saw today, really well done by the boys. I think we’ll be good this year.”
Jackson O’Brien had 3 assists on the night, was asked about playing bigger minutes with Haydn Downing and Andy Berkelaar both out serving suspensions.
“You’ve got to step up when guys are out of the line-up” O’Brien stated. “Downing is one if our top d-men and I’m glad to have helped my team win by playing more in his absence. We’re still a young team that’s learning what it takes to win, and getting two in a row now really helps us there.”
Kyle Mooney had a big night scoring twice in being named first star, says he was impressed with how the Outlaws put last Saturday’s game in the rearview mirror.
“Last week after the game we all said that this is a new season, and a game like that you can’t dwell on. We went out and won in Surrey, then came back and showed our fans how we can really play. That was a good opponent, they are already guaranteed to go to the Cyclone and I think we showed we are a good team too!” Mooney exclaimed.
Connor Jollymore showed a lot of jump and distributed the puck well all night. He says it’s been quite an experience wearing the jersey of the team he grew up watching.
“It’s pretty cool…playing in your hometown. I’ve always looked up to this team so playing for them is a bit surreal. It’s awesome honestly,” Jollymore said.
The next game for The Outlaws is Friday September 22 versus their bitter rival and fellow Brittain Conference contender The Abbotsford Pilots at the MSA arena in Abbotsford.
On a personal note it was a pleasure calling my first Outlaws game with Warren Andrews. What a great atmosphere in the MLC!
We apologize to any fans that missed the first two periods watching on playfullscreen.com. The internet was down in the building.
Also thanks to Andy Berkelaar for operating the camera for us.