Hawks win shootout thriller

All eyes were on the Truman Show on Tuesday night at the Ladner Leisure Centre, as Truman Chiu had three points and the shootout winner in the Ice Hawks’ 6-5 win.

In the first, Langley’s Carter Graham and Benjamin Weys took penalties 52 seconds apart, putting Delta on the 5-on-3 advantage. On the power play, Delta’s Leo Li took a shot from the point and Chiu tipped it out front for the 1-0 lead.

The Hawks were back on the power play later in the period and went up 2-0 on a five-hole goal from Dryden Valade.

Not long after, Langley cut Delta’s lead in half on a goal from Jeffrey Creasy on the power play, but the Trappers took two more penalties less than a minute later.

With the Ice Hawks back on the two-man advantage, Chiu found Bradley Araki-Young alone in the slot and he scored low-glove side on Brandon Naidu.

Delta took a penalty near the end of the frame, but Chiu and Ryan Xu broke out 2-1 short-handed and Chiu dropped a pass for Xu, who scored from a sharp angle, putting Delta up 4-1 with 35 seconds left in the first.

Langley changed goalies to start the second, putting in Cooper Giesbrecht, but Callum MacDonald added on to the lead right away in the second period, scoring on a stretch pass 26 seconds in to put Delta up 5-1.

The Trappers added three goals of their own in the middle frame, scored by Creasy, Brendan O’Grady (on the power play), and Brandon Rexhepi, making it 5-4 after 40 minutes.

Hawks starting goalie Matteo Petrelli came out with an injury in the second half of the period, and was replaced by Jordy Engleson.

There was just one goal in the third period, scored by Langley’s Casey Whintors on the man advantage six minutes in, making it 5-5.

Overtime solved nothing, so the two teams went to the first shootout in Cohort 3 on the season, a new change to the overtime format this season.

Engleson made all three stops in the shootout on Rexhepi, Whintors, and Austin Ungurean, and Chiu scored the winner, the lone goal of the shootout, by deking past Giesbrecht.

The Ice Hawks are back in action on Saturday, November 7 in North Vancouver against the Wolf Pack.