The Mission City Outlaws handed the Grandview Steelers just their fifth loss of the season by winning 5-4 on Saturday, bouncing back after a loss to the Abbotsford Pilots on Friday.
Mission led Saturday’s game at the Mission Leisure Centre from start to finish, as Michal Holub opened the scoring 6:16 into the first period after being set up by Baylee Wright and Jeremy Zomar. Outlaws captain Ryan Sharma added a goal at 12:23 to put Mission up 2-0 after one.
The Outlaws added to their lead at 5:23 of the first period, when Michael Hamm made it 3-0. The Steelers got on the board about two minutes later to make it 3-1 after two periods.
Sharma scored his second goal in the third period on the power play, but the Steelers scored two goals at 13:56 and 17:41 to draw within one. Wright then added an empty netter for some insurance, and the Steelers scored a late one to make it a 5-4 final.
Wright picked up four points in the win, with Sharma adding three and Holub recording two. Outlaws goalie Keaton Dyck earned the win, making 34 saves.
Mission head coach Brad Veitch told the Outlaws blog that his team’s strong start helped to lead them to victory.
“Getting the lead, it got the energy up on the bench with a few early goals,” he said. “I think the momentum just took over from there.”
He added that the late surge by the Steelers kept the Outlaws on their toes.
“I think it was a really good learning experience for us,” he said. “We haven’t been playing with the lead a whole lot. It was a little unfamiliar territory. I think after the short handed goal [second Steelers goal] it threw us off a bit, we started squeezing our sticks. We just need to realize we have to make the game simple when we are out in front. I do love the fact that we battled through it and got the result we needed.”
Saturday’s win came off a 4-2 loss to arch-rival Abbotsford on Friday, in a penalty filled game that Mission trailed throughout.
Mission tied the game in the first after Tyler Wickman made it 1-1, but the Pilots took the lead for good later that period. Justin Bowerman added a goal in the second period for the Outlaws, and Mission goalie Matthew Trulsen made 40 saves in a losing cause.
The game featured a significant amount of rough stuff, as a total of six misconducts were handed out, and one player from each team was booted out of the game. A total of 15 power plays were awarded in the game, with the Outlaws recording 60 minutes in penalties.
Wright remains atop the PJHL in league scoring after the weekend, with 39 points in 22 games. He is tied for the league lead in goals scored with 18.
The Outlaws record now sits at eight wins, 13 losses and two overtime losses after two months of regular season play. They are in fourth place in the Harold Brittain conference.
Mission next travels to Maple Ridge to take on the Ridge Meadows Flames today (Friday), and then return home to renew hostilities with the Pilots on Saturday. Face-off is set for 6:45 p.m. at the MLC.