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Penalties costly as Ice Hawks drop Game 1 to Wolf Pack in OT
The Delta Ice Hawks dropped the first game of their best-of-seven series to the North Vancouver Wolf Pack, falling 4-3 in overtime despite an early 2-0 lead Tuesday night at home.
North Vancouver finished in second place in the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s Tom Shaw Conference this season with 56 points, five points ahead of the third-place Ice Hawks.
Things started out well for the Ice Hawks on Tuesday, as Mark Trotman and Connor Fortems each scored in the first period to give Delta a two-goal lead heading into the second period.
However, the Ice Hawks got into penalty trouble in the middle frame, taking three minor penalties which led to the Wolf Pack’s first power play goal of the night just before the 12-minute mark.
Two minutes later, the Ice Hawks had an opportunity to regain their two-goal lead on a minute-long two-man advantage, but couldn’t capitalize.
North Vancouver added another power play goal late in the second to tie the game up, and took the lead 12 minutes into the third period with an even-strength goal.
David Rudin scored the Ice Hawks’ first power play goal of the game with less than a minute and a half to go in regulation to send the game to overtime tied 3-3.
The extra frame was all Wolf Pack as they out shot the Ice Hawks 6-2, before Quinton Vitek scored at 4:29 to give the visitors the win in Game 1.
The Ice Hawks penalty kill was 75 per cent, with two goals allowed on eight penalties. The Ice Hawks power play was one-for-five.
Mak Barden had a pair of assists, while Brent Chreptyk, Jeremy Gossard, and Robert Johnson each added helpers of their own.
Starting goalie Alexander Ahnert stopped 41 of 45 shots fired his way, 16 of those coming in the middle frame alone.
The Ice Hawks and Wolf Pack face off in Game 2 of their best-of-seven PJHL quarterfinal series tonight (Friday) at Harry Jerome Rec Centre in North Vancouver. Game time is 7:45 p.m.