Hawks Assistant Captain Carson Hemenway had two goals in his final regular-season game in junior hockey, one of three Hawks who had two goals in the 7-3 win over the Aldergrove Kodiaks.
In their final home game of the regular season, the Delta Ice Hawks defeated the Aldergrove Kodiaks 7-3, a great final showing for the four Hawks 20-year-old players finishing up their junior hockey careers.
Delta nearly doubled Aldergrove in shots, 60-32, and closed the door on the Kodiaks’ playoff chances this year.
The lone goal of the first period came with just over three minutes left in the frame, with Brayden Sinclair backhanding home a rebound following Payton Hu’s drive to the net and original shot stopped by Rahul Sharma.
Carson Hemenway started the second period off quickly, bringing the puck down the ice by himself. He paused and then shot far side to put the Hawks up 2-0 45 seconds into the period.
Duncan Miller got Aldergrove on the board exactly two minutes later to cut the Ice Hawks’ lead in half, but that did not last long, as Delta scored three more goals before the end of the period.
The first of the three was scored by Payton Hu, who banked a shot in off Sharma, who was turned around when he was unsure where the puck went.
Hemenway got his second of the night, skating the puck around the net and up to the top of the zone, then unleashing a shot from the centre point through screens and into the top corner, his fourteenth of the season.
Austin Kofler had the final Hawks goal of the period, one-timing a pass from the corner past Sharma and causing a goalie change for Aldergrove, bringing Kalub Nelson into the game.
The Kodiaks had a goal before the end of the period, making it 5-2 heading into the last 20 minutes.
In the third period, Caelan Mander entered the Aldergrove zone down the right side, passing to Sinclair in the slot, who tapped home the pass five-hole on Nelson for a 6-2 Hawks lead.
Sinclair connected with Hu for one more goal for the home team – Hu passed to Sinclair, who cut in and dropped for Hu. He went high-glove side for his twenty-second of the year.
Aldergrove’s Cooper de Waal capitalized on a power play chance while up 5-on-3, making the final score 7-3 for the home team.