Ice Hawks downed by Sockeyes
The Delta Ice Hawks gave up sole possession of first place in the Pacific Junior Hockey League Tuesday night at home, as they were clipped 5-2 by the visiting Richmond Sockeyes, the third loss in a row for the local junior B club.
The Sockeyes came alive in the third period, potting a trio of goals to put the game out of reach for the Ice Hawks, who outshot Richmond 37-35.
With the loss, the Ice Hawks now move into a tie with the Sockeyes atop the Tom Shaw Conference with 35 points.
The Ice Hawks were without PJHL-leading goal scorer Anthony Brito, who is out serving a three-game suspension after taking a major penalty in the last 10 minutes of the Ice Hawks' 5-4 loss to Grandview last week.
Brito will be back in the lineup for the Ice Hawks' Dec. 8 meeting with the Port Moody Panthers.
Delta didn't waste any time finding the back of the net Tuesday night, however, as they took an early 1-0 lead little more than a minute into the game thanks to rookie forward Brent Chreptyk's third of the season.
The Sockeyes tied things up midway throughout the opening frame, before pulling into the lead at 13:39 of the second period.
Tanner Gattinger got the Ice Hawks back on even footing, scoring with 1:15 left in the middle frame.
While the teams started the third period tied 2-2, the deadlock didn't last long, as Dean Allison scored his second of the night for Richmond, in what would prove to be the game-winner.
Rudi Thorsteinson added two more goals for the Sockeyes later in the period.
Picking up assists for the Ice Hawks were Gattinger and Kody Botterill. Gattinger was also named the game's third star.
Goalie Scott Lapp stopped 20 of 25 shots he faced. The Ice Hawks power play went 0-for-2.
The Ice Hawks are back in action this Saturday as they travel to North Vancouver to take on the Wolf Pack. The Ice Hawks next home game is Tuesday, Dec. 4, as they play host to the visiting North Delta Devils at the Ladner Leisure Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
1. Dean Allison, Richmond Sockeyes
2. Rudi Thorsteinson, Richmond Sockeyes
3. Tanner Gattinger, Delta Ice Hawks
1-0, Richmond Sockeyes at 9:32 - Daniell Lange from Danton Heinen and Stephen Campbell
1-1, Delta Ice Hawks at 1:09 - Brent Chreptyk from Tanner Gattinger
2-1, Delta Ice Hawks at 18:45 - Tanner Gattinger from Kody Botterill
2-2, Richmond Sockeyes at 13:39 - Dean Allison from Sam Chichak and Liam Lawson
3-2, Richmond Sockeyes at 14:16 (PP) - Rudi Thorsteinson from Jeremy Hamaguchi and Danton Heinen
4-2, Richmond Sockeyes at 11:13 - Rudi Thorsteinson from Jeremy Hamaguchi and Liam Lawson
5-2, Richmond Sockeyes at 0:33 - Dean Allison from Sam Chichak and Charles Lillies
Delta Ice Hawks at 16:57 - Mitchell Walter for Cross Checking (2 Min.)
Delta Ice Hawks at 11:37 - Teran Teubert for Misconduct (10 Min.)
Delta Ice Hawks at 11:37 - Teran Teubert for Roughing (2 Min.)
Delta Ice Hawks at 13:51 - Aaron Merrick for Slashing (2 Min.)
Delta Ice Hawks at 7:07 - Spencer Schoen for Roughing (2 Min.)
Delta Ice Hawks at 7:07 - Jeremy Gossard for Roughing (2 Min.)
Richmond Sockeyes at 7:07 - Sam Chichak for Tripping (2 Min.)
Richmond Sockeyes at 7:07 - Sam Chichak for Roughing (2 Min.)
Richmond Sockeyes at 7:07 - Dean Allison for Roughing (2 Min.)
Richmond Sockeyes at 4:25 - Matthew Wagner for Interference (2 Min.)