Carson Merriman watches the first goal of the game, scored by Carson Hemenway, go in past Emmett Dixon. (Picture: Greg Balloch)
Two hat tricks headlined the game on Tuesday night for the Delta Ice Hawks, as they defeated the Abbotsford Pilots 10-3.
Both Carson Hemenway and Dalton MacGillivray each had three-goal nights, and each tallied two assists. The Hawks offense fired 53 shots on the two Abby goalies Tuesday night.
Hemenway got his hat trick out of the way early, scoring Delta’s first, second, and fourth goals all in the first period and all on the power play, as Abbotsford struggled to stay out of the penalty box.
His first was a wrist shot that squeaked under the arm of Abby goalie Emmett Dixon and just made it over the goal line.
The top of the right circle was a hot spot for Hemenway, as he scored goal number two from almost an identical spot as number one. He and MacGillivray criss-crossed to swap sides, MacGillivray gave Hemenway a one-time pass, and he sent it home for a 2-0 Hawks lead.
MacGillivray got the first of his trio in the opening frame, also on the power play. The Hawks cycled the puck around and Alec Scouras passed to a wide-open MacGillivray, who scored top corner.
Hunter Brown got the Pilots on the board with a beauty of a goal, picking up the puck off the faceoff and beating a few Hawks defenders before snapping it by Braedy Euerby.
Again on the power play, Hemenway teed up a shot that deflected off the cross bar and around the boards. Scouras kept it in along the blue line and fed Hemenway again, who did not miss this time for his hat trick goal.
Brown struck again with another solo effort, picking up an errant Hawks pass and weaving his way through the Delta defensive zone to again beat Euerby.
The action didn’t stop in the second period, but it was all Delta in the middle frame.
MacGillivray tallied his second, the Hawks’ fifth power play goal, of the game; Hemenway passed up top to Scouras, who found MacGillivray down low, and he scored on a quick release.
Dominic Passalacqua-Main got in on the scoring, one-timing a pass from below the goal line from Kyle Kalamaras. This prompted a goaltending change, to Prabcharn Mahal.
The Hawks were on one of their few penalty kills in the game when their next goal was scored; Kyle Kalamaras won the draw and timed a shot on a bouncing puck perfectly to make it 7-0.
The Hawks kept the pressure on and just over a minute later, Kalamaras again made the low-to-high pass, this time to Scouras, who went high-blocker side on Mahal.
In the third, Abbotsford got one more on the board, as Keith Chester picked up a loose puck at the top of the Hawks’ zone and after a couple strides, sent it to the back of the net.
MacGillivray completed his hat trick in the last frame, one goal per period. He was again left alone in the right circle and finished off a cross-ice pass from Kyle Robinson.
Robinson got a goal of his own to wrap up the scoring, picking up a rebound by tapping it to himself off his skate and slapping it in for Delta’s double-digit goal.