The Aldergrove Kodiaks played one of their best games this season Nov. 9 at Aldergrove Arena and their 2-1 victory over the league-leading Richmond Sockeyes gave them their ninth straight win and a division-topping 24 points after 16 games.
The Sockeyes had won their first 14 games and the loss to Aldergrove puts them at 28 points after 15 games.
The penalties were kept low by both sides and neither scored on each of their two power plays.
Aldergrove opened the scoring within the first minute of the first period as Brandon Potomak, assisted by Thomas Hardy, planted one at 0:51. This was followed shortly after by Richmond’s Kevin Kilistoff from Carter Popoff at 1:57.
While the Sockeyes dominated the rest of the first period, with 23 shots on goalie Ross Baadsvik to the half dozen on Sockeye Kootenay Alder, the Kodiaks took charge in the second and third periods.
Shots on goal were evenly matched in the second and third, but it was Aldergrove that finally took the lead at 15:02 of the third when captain Jordan Pughe buried the puck, assisted by Daniel Higgs and Robert Jang.
Aldergrove actually notched another one a couple minutes later when Hardy was hooked and slid to the goal but it was disallowed as referees called it a kick in.
Baadsvik handily earned the game’s first star, with second and third going to Pughe and Potomak.
The Kodiaks get a week’s rest before hosting Grandview Steelers Nov. 16, 7:15 p.m. at Aldergrove, and the next night they travel to Richmond for another tilt at the Sockeyes.