The Mission City Outlaws dropped their second consecutive game on Wednesday night in a 6-2 loss to the defending champion Langley Trappers at George Preston Arena. After carrying a 2-1 lead into the second period, Mission allowed five unanswered goals in the final 40 minutes.
The Outlaws were outshot 48-16 by the Trappers and put just seven shots on net after the first period. Austin Ungurean’s two goals and one assist powered Langley to victory while Anthony Bosnjak notched a game-high four points in the Trappers’ win, tallying one goal and three assists.
Dylan Black turned away 14 of 16 shots for Langley while Mission changed goalies from Max Fowle to Brian Dale after the fourth goal in the second period.
Ungurean opened the scoring just 22 seconds into the game but Mission scored two unanswered goals in the first period to take a 2-1 lead into the intermission. Brendan Chabot tied the game at one for the Outlaws while Jayden Martin scored the go-ahead goal with three minutes left in the period.
Jamie Hylands evened the score at 2-2 with a goal just under two minutes into the second period for the Trappers. Langley received moar offence on the power play with a goal from Austin Moar to put the Trappers ahead 3-2. From there, the defending champions didn’t look back. Ungurean potted his second of the game and the third unanswered goal to extend the lead to 4-2.
In the third period, Bosjnack found the back of the net for the 15th time this season and Hylands netted his second goal of the game to secure a 6-2 win for Langley.
The Outlaws fall to 18-12 on the season but maintain their third seed in the PJHL’s Harold Brittain Conference. The Outlaws now trail the first place Trappers and second place Ridge Meadows Flames and hold a three-point lead over the fourth place Chilliwack Jets.
Mission face the White Rock Whalers at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday (Dec. 17) at Mission Leisure Centre. They round out the 2022 calendar with an alumni game on Wednesday night (Dec. 21) in Mission, followed by match-ups with Ridge Meadows on Dec. 23, Delta on Dec. 27, and White Rock again on Dec. 30.