Thursday, October 3, 2013 - Submitted by Steve Erickson/Bruce Nolte
Ice Hawks Dominate by S, Erickson/B. Nolte
The first place Delta Ice Hawks of the PJHL managed a 4-2 win over North Vancouver’s Wolf-Pack keeping them in sole first place in the Tom Shaw Conference. The win moved them four points up on the Richmond Sockeyes in a constant battle for first early in the 2013-14 season. Michael Olson grabbed an unassisted goal the game winner with 59 seconds remining in the first period to give his club a 3-2 lead and the key point of the game was when Delta had to kill off a 5 minute power play of the Wolf Pack which included a 2 minute 5 on 3 with 9:02 remaining in the game as they improved to 6-0-1-0 good for 13 points and the overall lead in the league. Delta got off to a quick start when Brent Chreptyk scored an unassisted goal at 2:49 on the PP giving them a 1-0. A short 61 seconds later Karsten Seidel hammered a screened shot from the point beating Wolf Pack tender Braeden Krogfoss allowing the Ice Hawks to grab an early 2-0 lead. The Wolf Pack never quit and scored two power play goals first at 6:16 then at 8:52 tying the game at 2. Marcus Houck brother of Vancouver Giants, Jackson Houck got his first of the game 6:16 cutting the lead to 2-1. He jumped on the equalizer at 8:52 also on the PP setting up at 2-2 draw. The third and final goal which proved to the game winner saw Delta's Michael Olson beat Braeden Krogfoss with 59 seconds remaining in the opening period on a brilliant unassisted effort. As the teams went to the first intermission shots were tied at 12. There second period was very entertaining with both clubs having several chances at both ends of the ice. Delta lead 3-2 heading into the final period but the Ice Hawks special teams were remarkable in various zones on the ice. The Wolf Pack had some great chances with the man advantage only to be turned aside by Ice Hawk’s Scott Lapp. Delta held a 9-5 edge in shots in the second period and 21-17 through 40 minutes. Delta scored the insurance marker while on the PK (penalty kill) as former Captain Marc Letourneau beat Krogfoss on a brilliant move with 5:25 remaining in the third giving the Ice Hawks a 4-2 advantage on the scoreboard. Scott Lapp shut the door the rest of the way with no end in sight of Wolf Pack shooters allowing the Ice Hawks to preserve the 4-2 win. The Wolf Pack best chance was in the third when they were handed a 7 minute power play with 9:02 remaining. One penalty was a Major for Checking from Behind while a separate Minor was assessed for Roughing. Both penalties were assessed at 10:58 of the third. Braeden Krogfoss with pulled with just under two minutes remaining to get somewhat closer, but they were denied and fell short preserving a 4-2 win for the Ice Hawks. Final shots were 32-22 for Delta as Scott Lapp kicked out 20 shots for the Delta victory and at the other end Braeden Krogfoss stopped 28 of the 32 shots he faced. Delta now improves to 6-0-1-0 good for top spot in the Tom Shaw Conference moving 7 points up on the North Vancouver who sit at 3-4-0-0 putting them in fourth in the league standings. Next up for the Ice Hawks at home see’s them face-off against Port Moody Black Panthers. Game time is 7:30 PM All games can be heard on 107.3 on your FM Radio Dial. Games are also broadcast (if you live in Delta) live on Delta TV.
(Regular Season) Game December 10th, 2013 at 7:30 PM