Hawks captain Alec Scouras scored the team’s first goal of the season on a power play in the first period, but the Hawks fell in their season opener 3-2 to the RIchmond Sockeyes on Tuesday night.
The new season for the Delta Ice Hawks opened with a big matchup against Tunnel Series rival the Richmond Sockeyes, which after a tight battle, ended in a 3-2 loss to the team north of tunnel.
Captain Alec Scouras and his team put 51 shots on net, nearly doubling Richmond’s total, but Marcus Cumberworth was able to hold the Hawks off just enough to lead his team to a win.
The Hawks took advantage of an early power play to get on the board first. Delta cycled the puck down to Kyle Robinson below the goal line, who found an open Carson Hemenway at the right point. He took a heavy shot that Scouras tipped past Cumberworth for the first goal of the Ice Hawks’ season.
A Richmond power play opportunity evened the game with less than two minutes to go in the first. Matthew Stewart won the face-off, sending the puck to Tanner Milne, who cut into the slot and snuck one past Zach Shaughnessy.
No scoring in the second frame kept the game tight, setting up a big third period.
The Sockeyes took the lead partway into the final frame, with Teo Lin grabbing a loose puck in the neutral zone and driving his way into the Hawks end for a shot that trickled by Shaughnessy.
Less than a minute later though, Delta won a battle for the puck near the Richmond blue line, and Yuji Akimoto broke for the net with Declan White trailing. A little tic-tac-toe from Akimoto to White, and back to Akimoto who backhanded the game-tying goal five-hole.
With just minutes left in the game, an errant Ice Hawks pass led to a breakaway for Richmond’s Connor Jarvis, who deked and scored on the backhand to put Richmond up 3-2.