Delta Ice Hawks clipped at home

Delta Ice Hawk Ryan Lisowsky grapples with Kyle Hoekstra of the North Vancouver Wolf Pack at Ladner Leisure Centre on Tuesday night.  - Jim Kinnear photo
Delta Ice Hawk Ryan Lisowsky grapples with Kyle Hoekstra of the North Vancouver Wolf Pack at Ladner Leisure Centre on Tuesday night.
— image credit: Jim Kinnear photo

The Delta Ice Hawks suffered their second loss in a row and gave up first place in the Pacific Junior Hockey League on Tuesday, as they fell 2-1 to the visiting North Vancouver Wolf Pack at the Ladner Leisure Centre.

After a scoreless first period, the local junior B hockey club got into penalty trouble in the middle frame, taking five consecutive minor penalties.

The Wolf Pack took advantage of the shorthanded Ice Hawks, scoring one power play goal, as well an even-strength goal, to take a 2-0 lead. The Wolf Pack outshot the Ice Hawks 17-10 in the second period

Tanner Gattinger had the Ice Hawks’ lone goal of the game, which came in the final minute of play. The Ice Hawks pulled goalie Scott Lapp for the extra attacker in the final 30 seconds of the game, but could not tie the game to send it to overtime.

Lapp finished the game with 33 saves on 35 shots, while Gattinger was named the game’s third star.

Evan Grannary picked up the sole assist on Gattinger’s goal.

In all, the Ice Hawks were assessed a total of 52 minutes in penalties, including three 10-minute misconducts to Mark Trotman, David Rudin, and Jackson Beavis.

The Wolf Pack, meanwhile, only received 10 minutes of penalties, giving the Ice Hawks three power play opportunities, on which they failed to score.

The loss comes on the heels of a 5-4 road defeat to the Aldergrove Kodiaks last Wednesday. Despite scoring more than three goals in a game for the first time since Nov. 9, the Ice Hawks were unable to claw their way back from a 4-1 first period deficit.

With the pair of losses, the Ice Hawks fall to second in the PJHL with 39 points, one point behind the Kodiaks. The Ice Hawks’ 18-7-3 record is still good for first place in the Tom Shaw Conference, however, the Richmond Sockeyes are nipping at their heels, one point behind with a record of 18-8-2.

The Ice Hawks are back in action on the road to take on their crosstown rivals, the North Delta Devils, at Sungod Arena this Saturday at 7:15 p.m. The Ice Hawks return home this Tuesday, Dec. 17, to take on the Port Moody Panthers at the Ladner Leisure Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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