Delta’s Caden Stephenson scored his first of the year to get the scoring started on Tuesday night.
The Delta Ice Hawks’ perfect November came to an end on Tuesday night, as they fell to the North Vancouver Wolf Pack in overtime 5-4.
Delta came into the game on a seven-game winning streak and had yet to lose this month.
Caden Stephenson’s first goal of the season and as a Hawk got the scoring underway five minutes into the first period. Alex Lucchesi nudged an outlet pass up to a speeding Joshua Kee, who won the dump-and-chase battle in the corner and passed to Stephenson out front for an easy tap-in.
The Wolf Pack took the lead before the end of the period on two power play goals. Matthew Carniel scored the first one, taking a pass from JJ Pickell and firing across his body. Pickell got a goal of his own a minute and a half later, when Ryan Hunter and Carniel got the puck across to the opposite wing, a quick developing play that beat Braedy Euerby.
A lucky bounce for the Hawks in the first minute of the second period tied the game – the Hawks were forced out of the Wolf Pack’s zone and the puck was cycled out to Carson Hemenway in the neutral zone. Hemenway fired the puck in along the glass, intending for it to circle around, but it hit one of the stanchions and went into the empty net, as Damian Perovic had left the net in anticipation of the puck going around the net.
Later in the frame, the Wolf Pack won a faceoff, but Stephenson hustled and broke up the play in the neutral zone. He carried the puck in down the right side and passed to a streaking Dalton MacGillivray in the slot, who scored his eighteenth of the season to give the Hawks a 3-2 lead through two periods.
Early in the third, North Vancouver went on the power play again and again found mesh, with Pickell scoring his second of the game, on the man-advantage, to tie the game 3-3.
Less than 30 seconds later, the Hawks reclaimed the lead. Cameron Lee sent a leading pass up for Conner Merriman, who went off on a breakaway and chipped it low glove-side.
Just after the media time out, North Van again tied the game with a power play goal, their fourth of the night. Pickell and Johal cycled the puck around to Binette, who fired a point shot over Euerby’s blocker side.
After 60 minutes, the game was still tied at four, which meant 3-on-3 overtime. Both teams had chances in the extra frame, but North Vancouver came out on top on a goal scored by Hunter.
Delta comes away with a point, and continues to trail the Wolf Pack in the Tom Shaw Conference standings.