After three hard-fought and narrow victories this past week the Kodiaks simply never got their wheels rolling. They were outshot two to one (51-26) and didn’t get onto the scoreboard until the third period when Thomas Hardy, assisted by Mitchell Guiel, blasted one past Sockeyes’ keeper Kootenay Alder at 5:28.
The Sockeyes scored three goals apiece in the first two periods and after Hardy’s goal managed to notch one more for the 7-1 final win. Penalties were low on both sides although the Sockeyes netted one goal in two power plays.
Kodiaks remain first in their division with 46 points after 32 games (22-8-1-1), while Richmond rules the other division with 54 points after 32 games (27-5-0-0).
The Kodiaks get a week off until they host North Vancouver Wolf Pack on Jan. 18, followed by a visit to Port Moody Black Panthers on Jan. 21.