Matt Burry scores game-winner late in third
CENTENNIAL ARENA – For a game-winning goal on Hallowe’en, who ya gonna call? Matt Burry!
With three minutes left, the Whalers centreman shrugged off a Port Moody Panther and ripped a shot from the slot for a 4-3 victory Oct. 31.
“I made no mistake and buried the puck,” Burry said. He credited teammate Ryden Mathieson, who set up the dramatic finish when he deked around the net and drew the Panthers out of position.
“I’m just glad it worked out. Ryden is a great player!” Burry exclaimed.
White Rock head coach Jason Rogers agreed with the post-game assessment. “Ryden was a beast tonight,” Rogers praised.
A few weeks ago, junior scouts also thought highly of Mathieson. The Western Hockey League’s Prince George Cougars have protected him as a potential prospect.
With the win over the Panthers, the Whalers end a spooky month on a high note. At press time, the Pod – nine wins, seven losses, and a single overtime loss for 19 points – still sit fourth in the Tom Shaw Conference.
Hat trick or treat
Port Moody opened the scoring only 99 seconds in. Panther Andrew Kim streaked down the left wing and picked the top corner over Whaler backup goalie Kyle Spak’s shoulder.
Kim notched another two, including a powerplay one-timer, for a hat trick, and a 3-1 lead midway through the second period.
Ahoy Dorohoy: Welcome aboard
New Whaler Jacob Dorohoy, a veteran centreman picked up from the Richmond Sockeyes, woke the Pod up. In the span of two minutes, he scored twice – a rebound past Panther goalie Mac Roman – and then Dorohoy tipped a Tyler Price point shot to tie the game.
Dorohoy’s a “guy who can give you some good hard minutes and he’s got some high offensive skills as well,” Rogers commented.
Early in the third, Spak looked sharp as he nimbly weathered a four-minute Port Moody man advantage. The Pod’s backup netminder faced a total of 24 shots for his third win of the season between the pipes.
First: Port Moody # 12 Andrew Kim
Second: White Rock # 18 Jacob Dorohoy
Third: White Rock # 55 Ryden Mathieson