ESQUIMALT, B.C. – The Mission City Outlaws scored five unanswered goals Thursday afternoon en route to a 7-2 win over the Campbell River Storm in the opening game of the Cyclone Taylor Cup.
Kolby Steen led the attack with a goal and two assists.
Despite getting outshot 31-26, Mission City held period leads of 2-1 and 5-2.
Also scoring for the PJHL champion Outlaws were Brock Padgham, Brody Dyck, Ryan Sharma, and Kyle Lennea who lit the lamp twice.
Campbell River received good news earlier in the week when goaltender Jake Mullen was given the green light to play. Mullen had not played since March 13 after suffering a mid-body injury.
However, Mullen would eventually give way to Riley Welyk after allowing five goals on 15 shots.
Mission City went 2-for-5 with the man advantage which included scoring a pair of third period power play goals.
Jeffrey Veitch made 29 saves for the win.
Replying for the Storm, which had zero power play opportunities, were Aaron Brewer and Kobe Oishi.
Welyk stopped nine shots in relief.
It was redemption for the Outlaws who lost 3-2 to Campbell River on the last day of round-robin play at last year’s Cyclone Taylor Cup.