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Delta Ice Hawks eliminated
The Delta Ice Hawks were eliminated from the first round of the Pacific Junior Hockey League playoffs Sunday at Sungod Arena, losing to the visiting North Vancouver Wolf Pack by score of 4-3. The Wolf Pack took the best-of-seven series four games to two.
The Wolf Pack scored late in the first period to open the scoring, and stretched their lead to two early in the second period.
Mak Barden had Delta's first goal of the night, which came on the power play at the midway mark of the game.
North Vancouver regained their two-goal lead less than a minute later with an unassisted goal from Marcus Houck.
Robert Johnson again cut the lead to one, as he scored for the Ice Hawks with 30 seconds left in the middle frame.
The Ice Hawks were able to tie the game early in the third period, thanks to Dakota Klassen's power play goal. However, Houck notched his second goal of the night with 10 minutes left to play to give the Wolf Pack the game and the series.
The Ice Hawks' comeback attempts late in the game were thwarted by a pair of minor penalties. The team pulled goaltender Alexander Ahnert for the final 1:40, but were unable to find the back of the net.
The Ice Hawks outshot the Wolf Pack 47-33, and went two-for-three on the power play. The Ice Hawks penalty kill was a perfect six-for-six.
Brandon Gaunt had a pair of assists, while Brent Chreptyk, Benjamin Blake, David Rudin, and Barden each notched helpers of their own. Barden was named the game's second star for his two-point effort.
The Ice Hawks fell behind in the series Saturday night, with their 3-2 overtime loss in Game 5 on the road.
The Wolf Pack opened a two-goal lead early in the first period of the that game, but goals by Jeremy Gossard and Chreptyk kept the score even after 20 minutes.
Ahnert and Wolf Pack goalie Braden Krogfoss shut the doors for the remainder of regulation, not allowing a single goal at either end of the ice for 40 minutes.
That sent the game to overtime, where Jamie Creamore scored the winner for the Wolf Pack at the seven-minute mark of the extra frame.
PJHL first round results
The Richmond Sockeyes defeated the Grandview Steelers in four straight games in the other Tom Shaw Conference semifinal series. The Sockeyes outscored the Steelers by a 19-6 margin en route to the win.
The Sockeyes will now face the Wolf Pack in the conference final series, which gets under way Thursday, March 6, at the Richmond Arena.
In the Harold Brittain Conference, the No. 1-seed Aldergrove Kodiaks had little trouble with the Mission City Outlaws, dispatching them in four games. The Kodiaks out scored the Outlaws 22-8, and will face the Abbotsford Pilots in the conference finals, after they eliminated the Ridge Meadows Flames in five games.
Game 1 is Tuesday, March 4, at the Aldergrove Community Arena.