Richmond Sockeyes

Written by Mike Magee (ISN) – Photographs by Lena-marie Pawluk (ISN)

April 14, 2013, Courtenay, BC (ISN) – The Richmond Sockeyes defeated the Victoria Cougars for the 2013 Cyclone Taylor Cup following a strong 2nd period in which the Sockeyes exploded for 4 consecutive goals.

The beautiful Comox Valley was host to the 2013 edition of the BC Championship tournament which culminated Sunday at 2:30 after the Castlegar Rebels rallied from being down by 3 and defeated the Comox Valley Glacier Kings 5-4 in the early game.

Victoria Cougars #9 Dane Feeney celebrates his team’s first goal just 3 minutes into the final game of the 2013 Cyclone Taylor Cup in Courtenay BC on Sunday – Photo by Lena-marie Pawluk (ISN)

The game opened with good back and forth flow and lots of bone crunching hits which engaged the crowd and got them into the game. With lots of Victoria supporters making the trip to support their team, what must have been the loudest crowd of the season cheered the Cougars on to a quick start.

Cougar’s defenseman #8 Matthew Ho got his team on the board first, scoring on the Cougars first shot of the game just over 3 minutes in. Picking up the assist on the goal was #9 Dan Feeney and #27 Sam Rice.

Richmond Sockeyes goalie Kootenay Alder gave up a goal on the first shot of the game but locked the doors the rest of the way making 24 saves as his team finished 1st in BC – Photo by Lena-mari Pawluk (ISN)

Despite being down 1-0 early, the Sockeyes would keep steady pressure on the Cougars.  Outshooting them 7-1 in the first five minutes, the Sockeyes were really testing Victoria goalie #1 Evan Roch. Roch struggled to contain rebounds and looked shaky on occasion but kept his team in the lead through the first period.

Victoria lead Richmond after 1 period of play 1-0, despite being outshot 10-6.

Richmond forward #8 Jeremy Hamaguchi puts the pressure on the Cougars defense. Hamaguchi would score a goal in his team’s 4-1 victory over the Victoria Cougars in Cyclone Taylor Cup play – Photo by Lena-marie Pawluk (ISN)

Richmond would start the 2nd period slow, but as they weathered the storm they were able to put a little pressure back on the Cougar’s goalie and would pull their team even through the efforts of Richmond #8 Jeremy Hamaguchi at 7:28.

Victoria Cougars goalie Michael Herringer with the save. Herringer came in as relief after the Sockeyes scored 3 consecutive goals in the 2nd period on Sunday – Photo by Lena-marie Pawluk (ISN)

Feeling the momentum shift back in their favour, the Sockeyes would come alive and 3 minutes later Jake Roder would shrug off defenders, walk out from behind the net and pot a beautiful wrap around goal unassisted at 10:47.

The Cougars Matthew Ho looks to keep possession from attacking Sockeyes. Cougars would drop the final game 4-1 to the Champion Sockeyes – Photo by Lena-marie Pawluk (ISN)

Less than a minute later at 11:52, Liam Lawson would bury it top corner with Sockeyes captain #18 Sam Chichak picking up one assist, and # 21 Dean Allison picking up his 2nd assist of the night.

Victoria would wisely call a time out to regroup and take this opportunity to make a change in net. Evan Roch gave way to Michael Herringer as the Cougars coaching staff looked to stifle the Sockeyes momentum.

With the 2nd period closing out, Richmond was tally one more time via Rudy Thorensteinson at 18:28. Richmond continued to outshoot the Cougars 20-13 after 2 periods.

Both teams would tighten up in the 3rd period, refusing to give up many shots. Richmond would manage only 4 through 15 minutes of play while the Cougars managed to get credit for 3. A scoreless third period would give way to a 4-1 victory for your 2013 Cyclone Taylor Cup Champions the Richmond Sockeyes.

The Cyclone Taylor Cups Most Valuable Player Richmond Sockeyes #24 Jake Roder – Photo by Lena-marie Pawluk (ISN)

The Lowery Sports and Easton Hockey players of the game were Victoria #8 Matthew Ho and Richmond #24 Jake Roder.

The Fitness Etc. players of the game went to Victoria #7 Rhys Williams and Richmond #24 Jake Roder.

2013 Cyclone Taylor Cup Champions the Richmond Sockeyes Photo by Lena-marie Pawluk (ISN)

Congratulations to 2013 Cyclone Taylor Cup M.V.P Richmond Sockeyes forward #24 Jake Roder and congratulations to the new provincial champions the Richmond Sockeyes.

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