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Outlaws split pair of games to remain in third place

The Mission City Outlaws defeated Aldergrove 8-2 at home and lost to White Rock 4-2 on the road

The Mission City Outlaws split a pair of games this past week to maintain their standing in the Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) standings. The Outlaws routed the Aldergrove Kodiaks 8-2 at home on Saturday before suffering a 4-2 loss on the road against the White Rock Whalers on Monday.

At the Mission Leisure Centre on Saturday night (Dec. 10), Cole Moffat opened the scoring just over two minutes into the game to put the Outlaws ahead. After assisting on the first goal, Brendan Chabot found the back of the net on the power play to extend Mission’s lead to 2-0. Connor Nelles scored late in the first period for Aldergrove to cut the lead in half heading into the second frame.

The Outlaws kept firing in the second period, with Brayden Chenier potting a power play goal just four minutes in to make it a 3-1 game. Ethan Dockrill scored a pair of goals later in the period to give Mission a commanding 5-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.

Carson Garneu notched the Outlaws’ third power play goal of the game in the third period and Chase Newman scored his 17th goal of the season to give Mission five unanswered goals and a 7-1 lead. Wendell Adriano scored with just under three minutes remaining for the Kodiaks but Blake Clease countered with a late goal to give the Outlaws an 8-2 win.

“We played a complete game and got contributions from everyone,” Outlaws’ head coach Brad Veitch said.

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Brian Dale stopped 20 shots in the victory while the Kodiaks changed goalies from Rahul Sharma to Allen Gillis in the second period after the Outlaws’ fifth goal. Dockrill’s two goals were good enough to earn him first star of the game, while Chabot was named second star after a three-point night and Chenier was named third star with one goal. Fourteen players earned a point for Mission in the win, with Dockrill, Chabot, Clease, Newman, Garneau, Joshua Romeyn, and MacKenzie Adams all tallying multiple points.

On Monday night (Dec. 12) at Centennial Arena, Chabot scored for Mission just over seven minutes in to give them an early 1-0 lead. However, the Whalers bounced back on the power play following a cross-checking penalty with Cole Svendson’s 26th goal of the season. Jacob Dorohoy gave White Rock the lead heading into the second period after another power play goal.

Kieran D’Souza scored the Whalers’ third unanswered goal in the second period before scoring again on the power play early in the third to extend the lead to 4-1. Grayson Pamplin notched his second of the season for Mission late in the game but it wasn’t enough for a comeback and the Outlaws left the arena with a 4-2 loss.

D’Souza’s two goals earned him the first star, while 30 saves from Mark Paton kept the Whalers in the lead and resulted in second star honours. Samuel Cordina was named third star after he registered two assists. Dale started once again for Mission and made 34 saves on 38 shots in a losing effort.

“We lost the battle on special teams,” Veitch said. “We need to get back to work and focus on both our penalty kill and power play.”

The Outlaws remain in third place in the Harold Brittain Conference with an 18-11 record and 36 points. Mission City plays White Rock again on Saturday (Dec. 17) at 6:45 p.m. at Mission Leisure Centre before playing an alumni game on Wednesday at 8 p.m.


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