Outlaws captain Justin Bowerman pushes the puck forward against the Pilots on Saturday.

Outlaws drop pair of games

Mission falls to Richmond, Abbotsford to close out September

The Mission City Outlaws ended September on a low note, dropping a pair of games to end the month.

The Outlaws travelled to Richmond on Sept. 28, but couldn’t overcome a two-goal deficit in the first period to fall 2-1 to the Sockeyes.

Richmond was up 2-0 by the middle of the first period, and the Outlaws drew within one when Jackson O’Brien scored on the power play at 16:11. Mission made a late push, but it ultimately wasn’t enough to earn any points.

Outlaws goalie Matthew Trulsen was solid in between the pipes, making 43 saves in a losing cause.

The Outlaws then hosted the Abbotsford Pilots on Saturday, but the club’s hopes were sunk by a second period that saw the Pilots score four unanswered goals to cruise to a 6-3 win.

Abbotsford jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 7:57 of the first period, but Haydn Downing tied the game on the power play at 15:23 to end the first at 1-1.

Mission connected on the power play again at 10:39 of the second period, when Justin Hargrave gave the Outlaws their first and only lead of the game. Just 20 seconds later the offensive barrage from the Pilots came, with Abbotsford scoring four unanswered goals to put the game out of Mission’s reach.

Hargrave tallied again on the power play 39 seconds into the third period to make it 5-3, but the Pilots added a late goal to seal the win.

Downing said the Outlaws still need some fine-tuning.

“We are a fast team and our chemistry is coming,” he said. “We need to use our speed, control the puck and play hard and physical in our own zone. We need to bring a strong work ethic to every game rather than letting up and taking teams lightly.”

Mission’s record now stands at three wins and five losses. Next up for the Outlaws is the Langley Trappers, who come to Mission on Saturday. Face-off is set for 6:45 p.m.