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The final week of September saw a busy week for the Sockeyer playing a pair of games in the final week of September with the first being a thriller that went to a shootout against the Delta Ice Hawks that saw virtually an end to end match up.

We continue to mention that penalties prove costly and such was the case that saw Delta jump out to the early lead on the power play with Bains sitting in the box serving a tripping minor.

The quick start saw a return goal at 17:05 of the first with Jonathan Soares getting his second of the season pulling the Sockeyes even after one.

The strong forechecking of Richmond saw them dominate in the shot department leading 19-11 after that saw a fast start to the second with Ice Hawks Brandon Petrie getting a solo marker for the lead.

The third saw Delta continue to press with Nicholas Kolb giving Delta a comfortable 3-1 lead at 3:33 only to haveTeo Lin (4th) at 438 pulling the Sockeyes within one.

Richmond continued to press with William Huo pulling them even at three at the 5:28 mark that saw a momentum shift for the Sockeyes continuing to drive for the net.

The fast paced game saw Gavin Sangara give them the lead at 9:59 while Delta’s Colin Jang put the game even at four with the fans clearly being entertained to exciting fast paced PJHL hockey.

The game ended in a tie forcing O/T that saw Delta’s Connor Merriman put in the winner in what was nothing less than spectacular.

 Final shots was the teams trade 41 while Delta were 1-4 on the PP to Richmond’s 0-4 in what is only the first of exciting PJHL hockey with both goalies named stars.

Game Stars:

1st Connor Merriman 0 G 1 A

2nd Zach Shaughnessy 41 SA 37 Saves

3rd Thomas Popa 40 SA 36 Saves

The Sockeyes return home facing the Port Moody Panthers in what the coach best described as a “must win’ game ending September on a winning note.

The front line of Port Moody had close chances in the opening only to be turned aside by Sockeye’s rookie netminder Mathias Hasselmann who came up with impressive close in saves keeping them off the scoreboard.

Focusing on their keys to the game saw Alex Kielmann open the scoring at 9:08 followed by goals from Nicholas Noren and Teo Lin at 11:10 giving the Sockeyes a comfortable 3-0 lead.

It wasn’t until the 13:03 mark that saw Connor Hughes get the Panthers on the board having a man advantage while Joel Elsaesser fought traffic allowing the Panthers to pull within two.

RIchmond’s fire power is potent as they dominated the first peppering 16 shots at both Lucas Poratto and Ty Angus who replaced him after Richmond’s third goal.

The second was all Richmond with Noren continuing his record pace in the scoring department getting a pair at 0:24 and his second at 13:24 on the power play.

The second was a penalty filled with Referee Connor Simmons dishing out seven penalties that saw Richmond’s Gavin Bains assessed a Misconduct while Panthers Connor Hughes  handed both a Misconduct and Game Misconduct.

The third was all Richmond as they continued to throw shot after shot at Angus that saw Rajun Parmar get his second of the season while Nicholas Noren got his fourth of the game.

September would end with the Sockeyes outsourcing the opposition 29-8 on home ice finishing the month with 48 goals for allowing 22 through eight games.

Game Stars:

1st Nicholas Norem 4 G 1 A

2nd Mathias Hasselmann 17 SA 16 SV

3rd Teo Lin 1 G 3 A

The Sockeyes next contest was against the Grandview Steelers October 1st at the Burnaby Winter Club that saw them also manage a 5-2 win with a full report next week.

Enjoy exciting Sockeyes hockey Thursday night at the Minoru Arena as they host the visiting White Rock Whales at 7 pm


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