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Ice Hawks snap losing skid with 7-4 win
The Delta Ice Hawks snapped a three-game losing skid on Tuesday as they trounced the visiting Port Moody Panthers 7-4 at home.
However, the local junior B hockey club very nearly let the game slip away from them after they squandered a four-goal lead after getting into penalty trouble.
The Ice Hawks scored four-unanswered goals to start the game, with Zack Ahnert, Spencer Schoen, Connor Fortems, and Colton Kroeker each finding the back of the net.
Kurt Sonne got the Panthers on the board with a power play goal early in the second period to start the Port Moody comeback. He added a second goal five minutes later to cut the Ice Hawks lead in half before Wolfgang Schoenefuhs scored shorthanded to bring the Panthers within one going into the third period.
Both Sonne and Schoenefuhs assisted on Adam Rota’s power play goal at the top of the third period to tie the game 4-4.
However, it was all Delta from there on out.
Kroeker tallied his second goal of the night less than 40 seconds after Rota tied the game to allow the Ice Hawks to retake the lead.
That goal would prove to be the game-winner as Fortems and Schoen each score their second goals of the night late in the third to put the game out of reach for Port Moody.
Delta goalie Scott Lapp stopped 27 of 31 shots fired his way, while the Ice Hawks’ skaters managed 45 shots on Port Moody goalie Liam Smith.
The Ice Hawks were scoreless on four power play opportunities, while the Panthers scored twice on seven power plays.
David Rudin picked up a trio of assists for the Ice Hawks, while Samuel Chatterly had a pair. Picking up single helpers for Delta were Zack Ahnert, Brent Chreptyk, Dakota Klassen, Paul Smith, Tanner Gattinger, Benjamin Blake, Jackson Beavis, Liam Fordy, and Connor Fortems.
Fortems was named the game’s first star for his three-point effort, while Kroeker got second-star honours.
With the win, Delta remains atop the Tom Shaw Conference with 41 points and is three points behind Aldergrove for the lead in the Pacific Junior Hockey League.
The win was the first in four games for the Ice Hawks, who hadn’t won a game since their 2-1 overtime victory against the Grandview Steelers on Dec. 3.
The Ice Hawks suffered their worst defeat of the season on Saturday at the hands of their crosstown rivals, the North Delta Devils, falling 7-1 on the road.
The Ice Hawks again couldn’t stay out of the penalty box, giving the Devils eight power play chances, on which they scored three goals.
The Ice Hawks, meanwhile, went one-for-four with the man-advantage.
The Devils outshot the Ice Hawks 23-8 in the first period of last Saturday’s game, scoring three unanswered goals.
Benjamin Blake had the Ice Hawks lone goal, early in the second period, with an assist from Tanner Gattinger.
The Devils took a 5-1 lead early in the second to chase starting goalie Scott Lapp from the Ice Hawks net after he stopped 34 of 39 shots he faced.
Backup netminder Matthew Kore didn’t fare much better, allowing two goals on 11 shots.
The Ice Hawks next home game is this Saturday at the Ladner Leisure Centre as they take on the league-leading Aldergrove Kodiaks. Game time is at 7:45 p.m.