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Ice Hawks freefall continues

Connor Fortems of the Delta Ice Hawks battles for possession of the puck with Max Metzner of the Ridge Meadows Flames on Saturday night at Ladner Leisure Centre. The Flames beat the Ice Hawks by a score of 4-1, the sixth loss in eight games for the Ice Hawks.  - Jim Kinnear photo
Connor Fortems of the Delta Ice Hawks battles for possession of the puck with Max Metzner of the Ridge Meadows Flames on Saturday night at Ladner Leisure Centre. The Flames beat the Ice Hawks by a score of 4-1, the sixth loss in eight games for the Ice Hawks.
— image credit: Jim Kinnear photo

The Delta Ice Hawks losing skid continued on Saturday night as they lost 4-1 to visiting Ridge Meadows Flames at Ladner Leisure Centre.

The Ice Hawks have just two wins in their last eight games, and have fallen from first place in the Pacific Junior Hockey League to fourth.

The Ice Hawks again struggled to score on Saturday night and were plagued with penalties. In all, the Delta Ice Hawks were assessed 73 minutes in penalties and misconducts, giving up two power play goals. The Flames opened the scoring late in the first period with a goal from Michael Bell, and quickly stretched their lead to two with a goal from Jake Holland early in the second period.

Jordan Rendle scored on the power play early in the third period to give the Flames a 3-0 lead, before Brent Chreptyk got the Delta Ice Hawks on the board at the seven-minute mark of the final frame.

The Ice Hawks pressed hard to even up the score in the third, outshooting the Flames 12-8.

However, with goalie Alexander Ahnert on the bench for the extra attacker, the Ice Hawks gave up an empty net goal while on the penalty kill with 13 seconds left to lose the game 4-1.

Ice Hawks forward Mak Barden was held without a point in his return to the team,  after a 33-game stint in the Junior A BCHL, where he tallied 20 points for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Barden led the PJHL in points last season with 72, but was held off the score sheet Saturday night.

Jackson Beavis of the Ice Hawks was named the game’s third star, while Jeremy Gossard and Connor Fortems each had assists.

The Ice Hawks outshot the Flames 27-23, and were one-for-seven on the power play.

With the loss, the Ice Hawks record falls to 19-10-3, good for 41 points and third place in the Tom Shaw Conference behind the Richmond Sockeyes (45 points)  and the North Vancouver Wolf Pack (42 points).

The Ice Hawks return home on Tuesday, Jan. 7 to take on the Sockeyes at the Ladner Leisure Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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