Cam Northard assisted twice in a loss to the Richmond Sockeyes Oct. 1. (Alistair Burns / Grandview Steelers)
Grandview sits at third place in Shaw Conference
BURNABY WINTER CLUB – After a month of regular season play, the Grandview Steelers had a crucial test against the Tom Shaw Conference’s best team, the Richmond Sockeyes.
No upset occurred Oct. 1 – the Sockeyes recorded a 5-2 away victory. Richmond used their passing finesse to connect twice on the man advantage; Teo Lin and Mattias Uyeda scored on Grandview netminder Shayan Kermany.
However, that final score is also a wee bit misleading, as the Steelers only trailed 3-2 at the end of the middle frame.
At press time, Oct. 2, the Steelers had a record of four wins, two losses and one shootout defeat for a total of nine points – third place in the seven-team Tom Shaw Conference.
‘All coming together’: Johansen
Former Sockeye – now Steeler – Tanner Milne put Grandview on the scoreboard halfway through the first period. Milne, 20, spent two seasons and change in Richmond (before he was picked up by the Steelers a few weeks ago).
Teammate Markus Johansen was the other Steeler scorer. The 19-year-old put all of his six-foot-one frame into a cannonading drive from the point that zipped into the top corner past Sockeye goalie Oliver Read.
“I’ve just worked on moving my way up the line-up, wasn’t getting as much ice time last year,” Johansen said. “It’s all coming together.”
Northard: final year of play
Fellow blue liner Cam Northard, 20, assisted on both goals. He pointed out that his confidence led to his recent forays onto the score sheet.
Northard also mentioned that this season was his last chance for Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL) glory.
“I just want to give it my all,” he concluded.
Inside Steeltown post-game interview:
Steeler Cam Northard chats about being a mentor for younger defencemen.
CCM Three Stars for Oct. 1
Third star – GRA # 91 Cam Northard (two assists).
Second star – RCH #1 Oliver Read (first PJHL win between the pipes).
First star – RCH # 4 Mattias Uyeda (PP game-winner).
Sat., Oct. 7th – Steelers at North Vancouver Wolf Pack, Harry Jerome Arena at 7 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 8th – Steelers v. Port Moody Panthers, Burnaby Winter Club at 7:15 p.m.