Alec Scouras scored a hat trick for the Ice Hawks in their win over the Grandview Steelers at home on Tuesday night.
Led by a hat trick from captain Alec Scouras, the Ice Hawks took a 9-2 victory Tuesday night over the visiting Grandview Steelers.
Merik Erickson made his first start in an Ice Hawks uniform, stopping 15 of 17 shots, and was supported early and often by his offence.
The Hawks started strong with four goals in the first period.
Yuji Akimoto carried the puck from the Hawks end deep into the Steelers’ zone, dishing to Kyle Kalamaras in the slot. Kalamaras fired the puck off the boards behind Steelers goalie Carsten Shrimpton, a bounce pass to Carson Merriman putting the puck perfectly on his stick to finish off the play for the first goal of the night.
J.J. Milne brought the puck up the left wing and as it looked like he was going to skate around the net, he found an open Joshua Kee in the slot, who slid it into an open net.
While 4-on-4, Carson Hemenway cycled the puck around to Dalton MacGillivray, who made a quick pass inside to Scouras. He settled it and made a quick snap shot past Shrimpton. Shayan Kermany came in to replace Shrimpton after the third goal.
Towards the end of the first period, MacGillivray came away with the puck after a battle along the boards and slid it across to Connor Merriman. Merriman quickly tapped it to Scouras nearby, who sent the Hawks to the dressing room up 4-0 after 1 period.
Both teams scored a goal each in the middle frame, with Delta’s coming first. Ryan Bayley, Dalton MacGillivray, and Conner Merriman formed a triangle around the Steelers’ goal, and the puck went Bayley-MacGillivray-Merriman to the back of the net.
The Steelers scored the only power play goal of the game with their first goal of the night. Quinn Stafford came away with the puck following a scrum along the boards. He passed up to Carter Demelo, who set up Isaac Phillips for a one-timer that beat Merik Erickson.
Early in the third, Carson Merriman circled around the net and went tape-to-tape with Akimoto, who came streaking in from the point. Akimoto one-timed in his first PJHL goal past Kermany to make it 6-1 Hawks.
Scouras completed his hat trick on a beautiful passing-play goal. He stormed into the Grandview zone and passed to a trailing MacGillivray, who went right back to Scouras for a tap-in goal.
After setting up his teammates for some goals on Tuesday night, MacGillivray put on a show halfway through the third, deking out two Steelers and getting Kermany to bite for his tenth goal of the season, Delta’s eighth of the night.
About a minute and a half later, Jarod Yau sent a stretch pass up to Demelo, who scored high-glove side on Erickson on a breakaway down the left wing. But that’s as close as Grandview would come.
Carson Merriman scored the bookend goals of the game, taking a crafty saucer pass from MacGillivray over a defenseman’s stick and going high blocker side for Delta’s last goal of the night.