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January 18 Game Recap – Hawks win!

The Hawks celebrate their second goal of the game, after Kyle Robinson scored midway through the first period.  

 

It was another tight match-up between the Tunnel Series rivals, with the Ice Hawks winning 4-3 on a third period short-handed goal from Carson Merriman.

Braedy Euerby stood tall against his old club, stopping 23 of 26 and making some key saves to lead Delta to a big win.

Richmond opened the scoring early in the first, just following a man-advantage. As the penalty against Delta expired, there was a scramble for the puck out front of Braedy Euerby and Easton Elmer was able to put it in the back of the net.

The Ice Hawks scored two in a minute and a half later in the frame though to swing the lead in their favour. Dalton MacGillivray had the puck near the goal line and went top corner from a tight angle, beating Jovan Khelen to tie the game with his 27th goal of the season. Euerby and Alec Scouras with the assists.

Kyle Robinson gave his team the lead on the power play not long after that. Dominic Main ended up with the puck in the neutral zone and tapped it to the speeding Robinson, who went in and scored far-side on Kheleh.

 

Delta extended their lead to 3-1 just over 13 minutes in, with Yuji Akimoto coming deep into the offensive zone and winning the puck battle behind the net. He tapped it over to Carson Bigras, who found Alex Lucchesi out front, and he one-timed it into Richmond’s net.

 

Early goals in the period were a bit of a trend for Richmond, as they came within one just over three minutes into the second. They had a flurry of shots on Euerby, and he made multiple saves, but the Hawks just couldn’t get it out and Gabriel Suessenbacher-Fu finished off the play low blocker side.

 

On the power play with just a minute left in the period, Richmond tied the game up at three. Rocco La Cara won the faceoff, sending the puck back to Jason Lin at the left point. He passed across to Ryan Watson, who one-timed it past Euerby high blocker, his first of the year.

 

Starting the third period down two men 5-on-3, Delta was able to hold off the Sockeyes and scored a short-handed goal to retake the lead. MacGillivray tried to send Carson Merriman on a breakaway, but missed him with the pass. Luckily, the puck bounced off the boards right back to Merriman and he was able to beat Kheleh for his 15th of the year and the game-winning goal.