After taking care of business against the Surrey Knights, the Richmond Sockeyes are getting ready for a key Thursday night encounter with the defending Pacific Junior Hockey League champions.
Since dropping a 5-0 decision to the Sockeyes back on Sept. 26, the North Vancouver Wolf Pack have picked up 17 of a possible 18 points for a PJHL best 15-1-0-1 record. The run includes a 6-4 home ice win against Richmond on Oct. 26.
The Sockeyes (13-3-1-1) will have an opportunity to move within a single point of the Tom Shaw Conference frontrunners when the teams collide at 7 p.m. at Minoru Arenas.
Richmond is coming off three consecutive wins against the Surrey Knights (0-19-0-2) including a 3-2 triumph on Sunday afternoon on home ice. Blueliner Thomas Von Schoenberg’s goal in the early stages of the second period proved to be the game winner. Mattias Hohlweg and Noah Kelly gave Richmond a 2-0 first period lead.
Marcus Cumberworth made 23 saves for the win.
The Sockeyes won by the same score three nights earlier in Surrey thanks to third period goals less than two minutes apart from Ryleigh Anderson and Craig Schouten to erase a 2-1 deficit. Cumberworth turned away 36 shots.