The Grandview Steelers are looking to polish of a great week against the Richmond Sockeyes after dropping the first two contests this season against the White Rock Whalers and Langley Trappers. The Steelers picked up their first victory last Tuesday with a gritty 1-0 victory and followed this up with an barn burner on the North Shore against the North Vancouver Wolf Pack Overtime Shootout win.
The Sockeyes will be coming in with confidence as they handily defeated the Delta Ice Hawks and Port Moody Panthers with 7 goals in each match. The Sockeyes will use their speed to test the Steelers defense.
The first few minutes belonged to the Steelers but the Sockeyes took over the period using their speed to cause all sorts of issues. The Steelers were able to push back but couldn’t follow up with any pressure to build any momentum. The Sockeyes took advantage with a defensive breakdown to open the scoring to take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
The players in white black and gold were playing with fire as they started the period a man down. The Sockeyes were due for a powerplay goal after going 0-1 in the first, and they swiftly made good on their ridiculous special teams percentage to double their lead. The Steelers finally answered the Sockeyes with a real gritty power play goal as Nathan Bran chips the puck in to cut the lead in half. The Steelers energized from the goal, found their legs to take over the period. Luke Cox tips in a Jarod Yau lazer from the point to score consecutive power play goals. Then moments after, Hudson Loh scores after a nifty pass from Yau to take a 3-2 lead.
With the game on the line, the Sockeyes emptied the tank looking for the equalizer as the Steelers put the gutsy hard work to defend the lead. The Steelers had two vital penalty kills that boasted the team. The Steelers taking advantage of the aggressive Sockeyes to get insurance goals from Pettingale and Phillips who score 5 straight goals dating back to the 2nd period. Rookie goaltender Prickette picks up his first victory as the Steelers shut down the high powered Sockeyes.
The Steelers generated 30 shots while the Sockeyes produced 32 shots.
The CCM #ALLOUT 3 Stars for tonight’s contest:
1. Steelers #19 Alec Pettingale: 1 goal, 1 assist
2. Steelers #35 Jayden Prickette: 30 saves, first career victory
3. Sockeyes #19 Matthew Stewart: 1 goal, 1 assist
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The Steelers will end the month with a return match up with the Wolf Pack as they host the team from the north shore on September 26th at the House of Steeltown Pride.
The visiting Sockeyes score the first two, but the Steelers claw back to score the next 5 to win 3 straight contests while ending the Sockeyes 3 game winning streak.
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