Noah Kelly has emerged as the undisputed leader of the Richmond Sockeyes.
Sockeyes return to winning ways
By Don Fennell
Published 10:38 PDT, Thu October 17, 2019
Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021
A day after dropping their first game of the season, 6-5 to the Kodiaks in Aldergrove Oct. 2, the Richmond Sockeyes got back on the winning track the next night against Langley. They’ve since reeled off three wins in a row, a trend they hope to continue tonight (Oct. 15) against arch-rival Delta Ice Hawks at Ladner Leisure Centre.
Falling behind early against Langley in their Pacific Junior Hockey League game Oct. 3 at Minoru Arenas, the Sockeyes proceeded to outscore the Kodiaks the rest of the way in a 6-5 victory. Ryleigh Anderson set the pace with two goals and two assists, while Gabriel Suessenbacher-Fu added a goal and three assists.
Goaltender Jacob Stone stopped 18 of 23 shots to earn the win.
After a week off, Richmond returned to the ice by blanking the Port Moody Panthers, also at Minoru Arenas, 6-0 last Thursday. Outshooting the Panthers 45-22, the Sockeyes were led by three-point efforts (all assists) from Noah Kelly and Marcus Pantazis. Garrett Wicks and Gabriel Parent each scored two goals, and Hayden Hurst had a goal and an assist. Marcus Cumberworth made 22 saves in posting the shutout.
Parent followed up his two points against the Panthers with two assists in a 4-2 win over the Abbotsford Pilots on Friday night in the Fraser Valley.
The Sockeyes (10-1-0-0) sit second in the Tom Shaw Conference, five points back of North Vancouver Wolf Pack (12-1-01) but with three games in hand.
BY THE NUMBERS
PLAYER GP G A PTS
Ryleigh Anderson 10 9 11 20
Craig Shouten 11 9 8 17
Nicholas Wilson 10 6 11 17
Noah Kelly 11 4 13 17
Michael Araki-Young 9 9 7 16
GOALIE GP W L AVG
Marcus Cumberworth 3 2 0 1.75
Jacob Stone 5 5 0 2.60
Mauricio Soriano-McKinnon 4 3 1 3.55