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February 1 Game Recap – Hawks win!

The Hawks celebrate a goal scored by team captain Alec Scouras, who had two goals in the 9-3 win Tuesday night over the Port Moody Panthers. 

 

The Delta Ice Hawks opened the month of February with a big 9-3 win over the Port Moody Panthers, breaking a three-game losing streak.

Of their 50 shots on goal, they scored nearly a fifth of the time, with Kyle Kalamaras scoring a hat trick and getting to double digits in the goal column on the season.

Kalamaras’ ninth goal of the season opened the scoring; Alec Scouras spun for a pass just inside the blue line, finding Dalton MacGillivray on the right side. MacGillivray threaded a pass low down for Kalamaras, who was able to tap it past Adam Goody.

In the latter half of the period, Dominic Passalacqua-Main stole the puck in the Panthers’ zone and wove his way through a couple of defenders on his way to the net. Goody stopped his scoring attempt, but Carson Bigras was right behind him, there to net the rebound and double Delta’s lead.

Delta tallied one more before the first intermission, with birthday boy Yuji Akimoto carrying the puck into the zone. He went cross-ice to Caden Stephenson, who then quickly went back across to Kalamaras, who again tapped it home.

Caden Stephenson got his fourth goal of the season five minutes into the second period, winning the leg race to the puck against new Port Moody goalie Ben Skulski and sending it into the yawning cage from a sharp angle.

Midway through the frame, the Hawks broke up an attempt from the Panthers and sent the puck into the neutral zone. It ended up on the stick of Conner Merriman, who went cross-slot to Scouras for his nineteenth.

Keeping the pressure on, Ryan Bal sent a lead pass up to Alex Lucchesi, who got a shot off on net, but it was stopped by Skulski. A couple chances on net later, Nico Marini was able to net his twelfth of the season.

The Hawks took advantage of a power play opportunity, with Kyle Robinson finishing off a rebound in tight with Skulski, after MacGillivray sent a shot in deep off the boards that ended up right back out front of the net.

Port Moody was able to get on the board before the end of the second, following a miscommunication between Delta’s defense and goalie. Kayden Edwards was able to pick up the loose puck, get his team on the board, and break Merik Erickson’s shutout.

Both teams scored two goals in the third period, starting with the Ice Hawks’ eighth goal. The Hawks tried to set up a play, but the Panthers defense got in the way and the puck ended up on the stick of Scouras, who shot it and scored his twentieth of the season.

Brando Klot got one back for the Panthers, after picking up a pass in the neutral zone from Connor Hughes. He beat Erickson high glove side to double Port Moody’s goal total.

Kyle Kalamaras completed the scoring for the night for Delta by getting his hat trick goal, grabbing the puck at the end of a scramble in the corner and cutting into the middle to beat Skulski for his eleventh.

Aidan Samuels scored his first PJHL goal and the third goal of the night for the Panthers to round out the scoring in the game. He cut through the neutral zone to the right side and fired it past Erickson to make it 9-3 for Delta.