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Sockeyes looking to finish strong

By Don Fennell

Published 2:00 PST, Tue January 14, 2020

Last Updated: 3:52 PST, Wed January 22, 2020

The last time the Richmond Sockeyes faced the Abbotsford Pilots they reached double figures.

The scoreline of their scheduled follow-up engagement this Thursday (Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at Minoru Arenas) may be more conservative than Rikchmond’s 10-2 win here 10 days ago, but no less important as Pacific Junior Hockey League teams jockey for playoff position.

With three wins in (save for a 3-2 to league-leading North Vancouver Wolf Pack; 33-1-0-1) in their last four games, the Sockeyes (23-9-1-4) are currently second in the Tom Shaw Conference with seven games to go in the regular season.

Ever the optimist, Sockeyes’ owner Doug Paterson begins 2020 with a strong belief in always setting goals and objectives. He’s passed those traits along to his favourite team.

While every season is different, Paterson says the current Sockeyes are a much younger team than normal. He believes communication is key to helping tap their potential.

“Every game is a learning proposition,” he says.

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