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Sockeyes ice Wolf Pack
Saturday night was all right for the Richmond Sockeyes, and at least two of their graduates.
While the Sockeyes were busy earning their first victory of the 2013-14 Pacific Junior Hockey League season by blanking the North Vancouver Wolf Pack 3-0 at Harry Jerome Arena, two of the stars of last season's team were difference makers for their BCHL teams as Kevan Kilistoff scored the overtime winner in the second extra period to lift Langley Rivermen past Coquitlam Express 5-4 and Danton Heinen had two assists in Surrey Eagles' 7-5 victory over Alberni Valley Bulldogs.
The Sockeyes, who got a 27-save shutout from Kootenay Alder, improved to 1-0-1-2 on the season and still haven't lost in regulation time going into Thursday's home game against Port Moody Panthers at Minoru Arenas. Faceoff is 7 p.m.
"The third period (versus North Vancouver) was very good," said Richmond coach Judd Lambert. "We had good shifts and bad before then but seemed more determined and willing to go to the net (in the last 20 minutes) and it's how we scored both goals. It's what we're trying to do typically. We're happy to win, and with no goals against obviously, but it's also pleasing to get a good lead and hang on to it. We're always harping on individual habits so that at some point they become second nature."
Veteran forward Michael Scobie, 20, who is being counted on for his leadership, scored the opening goal against the Wolf Pack and has two goals and an assist in his first four games as a Sockeye. Sharp-shooting Carson Rose, 17, who has also shown an ability to play a strong 200-foot game, and talented 16-year-old Ayden MacDonald added third period tallies just over a minute apart.
Richmond tied North Delta Devils 4-4 last Thursday. Despite outshooting North Delta 48-22 in the game, Sockeyes let a two-goal lead slip away in the third when Tristan Craighead scored twice for the visitors.
Sockeyes play at Abbotsford this Friday. Pilots won 2-1 in overtime Sept. 12 at Minoru Arenas.