The Aldergrove Kodiaks outshot the Richmond Sockeyes and matched them at one goal for seven power plays Thursday evening at Minoru Arena but it was not enough as the host team scored the 2-1 winner late in the second period.
Sockeye Edvin Hasakovic scored early in the first period on a power play to put the Kodiaks at a 0-1 deficit at the start of the second period.
However, Kodiak Justin Ralph scored the equalizer six minutes later on a power play to i.e. the game. Ralph’s assists came from Dayton Spink and Cobe Dean.
Then eight minutes later Sockeye Michael Araki-Young scored the winner.
Despite outshooting the Sockeyes 18-3 in the third period the Kodiaks were unable to come up with the equalizer.
Ralph was the game’s third star.
Kodiak keeper Dylan Black played all but the final minute of the game when the Kodiaks tried a six-man advantage on the ice and Black turned aside all but two of 22 shots on his net. Sockeye keeper Jeremy Kelleway turned aside 29 of 30 shots.
The result leaves the Kodiaks stalled at four points after nine games.
KODIAKS FALL TO PILOTS 2-4
The Aldergrove Kodiaks rallied in the second half of their Wednesday home tilt against the Abbotsford Pilots but failed to net the equalizer.
The 2-4 loss was the Kodiaks’ sixth in eight games, leaving them stuck at four points in their 11th PJHL season.
The Pilots were up 3-0 at 1:22 into the second period but the Kodiaks started a flurry of shots on the Abby net that finally paid off at 5:52 of the third when Clayton Schroeder put it in the pocket, assisted by Cobe Dean.
Then on a five minute power play Kodiak Conor Byrne scored one more, assisted by Hayden Vetterl and Nate Castonguay. The Kodiaks outshot the Pilots 15-6 in the third, for a game total of 32-27, but netminder Keaton Dyck turned the rest of the shots away and when the Kodiaks pulled Michael Lauriente in the final minute the Pilots put it in the Kodiaks net at 19:37.
Lauriente and Schroeder were awarded the game’s second and third stars.
The Kodiaks are at Delta Tuesday night to play the Ice Hawks and return home to the Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre Wednesday, Oct. 3 to host the Port Moody Panthers. Puck drop is at 7:15 p.m.