Ice Hawks back on top

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The Delta Ice Hawks are back on top of the Pacific Junior Hockey League standings after their 6-1 drubbing of the visiting Ridge Meadows Flames, Tuesday night.

The Ice Hawks controlled the game from start to finish, firing 46 shots on Flames goalie Wesley McLeod.

Grange Gordon had the game of his junior B career, scoring a pair of goals and an assist to earn the game's first star honours.

Gordon opened the scoring for Delta in the first period with an even-strength goal, before Brent Chreptyk made it 2-0 for the home team.

Sean Pesut got the Flames on the board late in the second period, but the Ice Hawks responded less than a minute later, as Aaron Merrick scored on the power play to restore the two-goal lead.

The third period was all Ice Hawks, as Merrick scored twice more to complete the hat trick, while Gordon scored his second of the night.

Merrick finished with second star honours after scoring even-strength, on the power play, and short-handed. Defenseman David Rudin was named third star.

Ice Hawks' goalie Alexander Ahnert stopped 23 of 24 shots he faced.

With the win, the Ice Hawks improve to 19-6-2, for 40 points and a share of the PJHL lead, along with the red hot Abbotsford Pilots.

The Ice Hawks travel to the Fraser Valley to take on the Pilots tonight (Friday), in a game that will decide the top team in the league. The Delta Ice Hawks return home to the Ladner Leisure Centre this Tuesday, Dec. 18, to take on the Port Moody Panthers. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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