Delta Ice Hawks sweep Wolf Pack
The Delta Ice Hawks edged the North Vancouver Wolf Pack 2-1 Sunday night at home to sweep their best-of-seven series with four consecutive wins and advance to the second round of the Pacific Junior Hockey League playoffs.
Jeremy Gossard opened the scoring for the Ice Hawks in the first period as the home team outshot the Wolf Pack 12-4.
Marcus Houck tied things up for North Van eight minutes into the second period, before Ryan Procyshyn put the Ice Hawks back on top five minutes later.
Procyshyn's goal would prove to be the game-winner as both goalies were perfect in the third period.
The Ice Hawks outshot the Wolf Pack 40-25, as Alexander Ahnert made 24 saves. Wolf Pack goalie Braden Krogfoss made 38 saves and was named the game's third star.
Tanner Gattinger, Kody Botterill, Kolten Grieve, and Grange Gordon had assists.
Procyshyn was named the game's first star, with Gordon picking up second-star honours.
The win was the third in as many days for the Ice Hawks, as they completed their sweep of the Wolf Pack in less than a week.
After last Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win at home, the Ice Hawks headed out on the road where they won 4-1 on Friday, and 2-1 on Saturday.
Aaron Merrick had a hat trick for the Ice Hawks Friday night, while Ahnert stopped 39 of 40 shots on Saturday.
Ahnert has stopped 111 of 117 shots he's faced, earning himself a goals against average of 1.47.
Merrick leads the Ice Hawks in playoff scoring with six points, while Anthony Brito has a goal and four assists.
The Ice Hawks advance to the second round of the PJHL playoffs and will face either the Richmond Sockeyes or the North Delta Devils in a best-of-seven series. The Sockeyes lead their series with the Devils three games to none.