Outlaws tame Panthers

Mission defeats Port Moody 3-1 on Saturday

On a rare Saturday night away from the Mission Leisure Centre, the Mission City Outlaws took care of business on the road.

The Outlaws travelled to Port Moody to take on the Panthers, and after falling behind early, the Panthers scored three unanswered goals to earn a 3-1 win.

The Panthers opened the scoring at 3:32 of the first period, but Mission tied the game about 13 minutes later when Chase Heslop connected on the power play. Maximilian Corazza added another goal at 17:52 to give the Outlaws a 2-1 lead after one.

Mission’s Justin Hargrave scored the lone goal in the second period to make it 3-1 for the Outlaws.

Outlaws goalie Matthew Trulsen was outstanding in goal, stopping 38 of 39 shots to record his seventh win of the season.

The game erupted with penalties in the third period, with three Panthers and Mission’s Jackson Cooke all receiving game misconducts. Port Moody’s Kevin Allan was also booted out of the game in the first period.

The final minute of action saw 52 minutes in penalties handed out.

Misconducts were also handed out earlier in the period to Heslop and Hargrave, along with a pair of Panthers players.

Cooke and Port Moody’s Alexander McGovern both received a one-game suspension for getting a game misconduct in the last 10 minutes, while Panthers forward Mark Cherkasov was dinged with three games – for having a game misconduct in the last 10 minutes and also abuse of officials.

Mission’s record moves to 10 wins and 15 losses after the victory, and they remain in third place in the Harold Brittain conference. The Outlaws are three points up on the fourth-place Aldergrove Kodiaks, but Aldergrove does have three games in hand.

The Outlaws renew their rivalry with the Abbotsford Pilots on Saturday at the Mission Leisure Centre. Faceoff is set for 6:45 p.m.

The clubs last met on Nov. 17, with Mission becoming the first team in the Pacific Junior Hockey League to defeat the Pilots on home ice in regulation time. The Outlaws defeated the Pilots 4-2 in that game.

The Pilots are fresh off becoming the first victim in the Surrey Knights’ winning streak on Nov. 24. Surrey beat Abbotsford 2-0 at the MSA Arena, notching the franchise’s first victory since Nov. 19, 2015.

The Outlaws then host the Knights at the MLC at 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 9.

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