The Aldergrove Kodiaks hot streak came to a crashing end on Thursday night as they fell 6-1 to the Richmond Sockeyes at Richmond Arena.
Penalties were much lower than the previous tilt at Aldergrove versus Richmond, which the Kodiaks won, but this time it was the Sockeyes who scored on two of four power plays. The Sockeyes also outshot the Kodiaks 54-24.
The Sockeyes scored three in the first period and the second was scoreless. Kodiaks’ Thomas Hardy finally netted one at 7:02 of the third, assisted by Matthew Luongo and Colton Precourt, but the Sockeyes followed up with three more before the final buzzer.
Aldergrove remains at the top of the division with 25 points after 18 games (12-5-0-1), one ahead of Abbotsford Pilots, but the Pilots have two games in hand. Richmond tops the league with 34 points.
The Kodiaks next host Abbotsford Pilots Nov. 23, then travel to Mission Icebreakers Nov. 24 and the Grandview Steelers Nov. 27. Ridge Meadows Flames come to Aldergrove Nov. 30.
Kodiaks battle Steelers to 3-3 draw
The Aldergrove Kodiaks didn’t win their tenth straight game Wednesday night against the Grandview Steelers but they didn’t lose it either.
The Junior B hockey boys rallied in the second and third periods to come back from a 3-1 deficit and tie the game up at 3-3 after two overtime periods.
The game point gives them a division-topping 25 points after 17 games (12-4-0-1).
The Steelers opened the scoring with two goals in the first half of the first period before Matthew Luongo found the hole in Steelers’ goalie Tyler Reid at 16:41, assisted by Ryan Procyshyn and Colby Rosner.
The Steelers netted their last of the night early in the second but then the Kodiaks piled on the pressure and took charge of the game. At 13:06 of the second Brandon Potomak scored on the power play, assisted by Thomas Hardy and Jordan Pughe.
And early in the third Daniel Higgs evened it up with the greasiest shot of the night at 59 seconds, assisted by Stephen Ryan and Pughe.
The Kodiaks outshot the Steelers 17-6 in the third and 11-6 in overtime but despite the pressure and a penalty shot by Pughe the Kodiaks had to settle for a tie.
The Kodiaks outshot the Steelers 49-44 overall that night and Potomak and Pughe earned the game’s first and second stars, respectively. Hardy and Justin Rai share the league’s top scorer honours with 35 points each.
The Kodiaks travel to Richmond tonight to take on the league-leading Sockeyes, who have 32 points after winning all but one of 17 games so far this season. The Sockeyes lost to the Kodiaks last week at Aldergrove which means that the Kodiaks are the only team in the league to have defeated all the other teams in at least one game.