Brayden Sinclair was named one of the PJHL Players of the Week on Tuesday, then tallied three points (1G, 2A) in the Ice Hawks’ 6-2 win that night against the Abbotsford Pilots.
The Delta Ice Hawks’ win streak now stands at 11 games, as they defeated the visiting Abbotsford Pilots 6-2 on Tuesday night in Ladner.
Brayden Sinclair, one of the PJHL Players of the Week for October 17-23, led the Hawks on the scoresheet with a goal and two assists in the win, along with Yuji Akimoto, who had three helpers.
Six minutes into the first period, Akimoto sent the puck down deep into the Pilots’ zone and Colin Jang was the first one on it down low. He took a look and saw Conner Merriman skating in down the left side and once he was in the slot, sent a quick pass through for a one-timer to get the Hawks on the board.
Abbotsford tied the game up, when Mason Brown was left alone on the left side of the net. A pass made it through to him from the opposite corner and he put it away into an open cage.
The home team took the lead back before the end of the frame, though, thanks to a couple of quick passes. Akimoto carried the puck into the zone and dropped it to Carson Merriman on the left side. Merriman went to a streaking Ryan Bal in the high slot and he moved it over to Sinclair, who fired a one-timer to make it 2-1 after 20 minutes.
There was just one goal in the second period, and it came off the stick of rookie Maxwell Kovach. Jang found him with a pass from below the goal line and he wristed it into the top left corner for his first PJHL goal, giving his team a 3-1 lead with one period to go.
That lead grew with just three minutes gone in the third. Payton Hu won the face-off in the Ice Hawks’ zone, and chipped the puck up to Sinclair. He carried it up with Carson Merriman, who out skated his defender and made a quick move to beat the diving Cooper Giesbrecht, making it 4-1 Delta.
Conner Merriman got his second of the night just under four minutes later. A Hawks shot from the point was knocked down in the slot, and the puck bounced right to Kyle Robinson. Merriman looped around and put himself in a good spot for a drop pass, then did not miss on the shot.
Just 45 seconds after that, Sinclair, Akimoto, and Hu executed a perfect triangle passing play. Sinclair went up to Akimoto, Akimoto went down to Hu, and Hu wasted no time sending it home for a 6-1 lead.
Abby’s Cooper Crowe added one more for the visitors, with a funny bounce going in off Shaughnessy’s pads, but the Hawks went on to win this one by a 6-2 final.