The Ice Hawks celebrate their 4-3 double-overtime win on Tuesday night, following Carson Bigras’ game-winning goal.
The Ice Hawks claimed their first victory of the second round, taking home a 4-3 double overtime win over the Whalers Tuesday night.
Merik Erickson made 44 stops in the Hawks’ winning effort, keeping his team in the hunt in the series.
Less than a minute in, the Hawks won a scrum for the puck in the Whalers’ zone, with Carson Merriman coming away with it. He went down low to start a tic-tac-toe play with Kyle Kalamaras and Dalton MacGillivray. MacGillivray finished the play, ripping it top corner over Keegan Maddocks’ glove for his third of the playoffs.
White Rock went on the power play right before the end of the period and had control of the puck down low on the stick of Zachary Sherwin. Sherwin went down to Jayson Beauregard, who was looking to centre the puck, but it went in past Merik Erickson off of a skate, tying the game with eight seconds left in the frame.
Delta reclaimed the lead in the second after winning a faceoff in the Whalers’ end. Carson Merriman looped back and found Carson Hemenway up top. He passed to Alec Scouras, who used a White Rock defenseman as a screen to beat Maddocks for a 2-1 lead.
Following the media time out, the Whalers gained control, and Tyler Price sent a long pass up to Beauregard, who snuck one past Erickson low-blocker side to tie it up.
The see-saw battle continued though, as Dominic Passalacqua-Main scored for the second night in a row. Hemenway saucered a pass up to Passalacqua-Main, who went out on a partial breakaway and netted it high-glove side to give the Hawks a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.
With less than a minute remaining in the game, White Rock had an empty net and were applying pressure with an extra man on the ice. Price fired a shot from the top of the right circle that made it through traffic past Erickson to tie the game with 42 seconds left.
It took two extra frames to decide a winner in this one, with the Hawks coming out on top. Maddocks shot the puck around the boards in an attempt to clear the zone and it bounced up to Ryan Bayley at the point. Bayley took a slapshot and on its way to the net, Carson Bigras tipped the puck mid-air to capture the win for Delta.