Jr. B Delta Ice Hawks down North Delta Devils 5-1 at home
The Ice Hawks continued their pursuit of the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s regular season title Tuesday night with a 5-1 win over the North Delta Devils, outshooting the visitors 40-17.
The win puts the Ice Hawks just two points behind the Richmond Sockeyes in the race for the top spot in the Tom Shaw Conference, and the league.
Brent Chreptyk got the Ice Hawks on the board in the first period, as the home team welcomed Devils starting goaltender Tyler Read with 20 shots in first 20 minutes.
Read did his best to hold off the Ice Hawks shooters, only allowing them a 1-0 lead heading into the second period, but the dam quickly burst. Delta opened up a 4-1 lead by the midway point of the period, and Read was given the hook in favour of backup Bryson McKinnon.
Grange Gordon added another to make the score 5-1 before the period was out.
Both teams failed to score in the third, while Delta outshot North Delta 10-4.
Ice Hawks goalie Alexander Ahnert stopped 16 of 17 shots for the win.
Gordon was named the game’s first star for his two-point effort, while Jeremy Gossard was second star with a goal and an assist as well. Kody Botterill was third star with two assists.
Also scoring for the Ice Hawks were Tanner Gattinger and Alex Martin. Matthew Dawson, Mak Barden, Marc Letourneau, Anthony Brito, Spencer Schoen, and Kolten Grieve each had assists.
The Ice Hawks return home Tuesday, Feb. 12 to take on the Richmond Sockeyes in a game that may determine who finishes first in the PJHL tho season. Game time is at 7:30 p.m. at the Ladner Leisure Centre.