September 14 Game Recap – Hawks Win!

Jacob Zillich kept the North Vancouver Wolf Pack off the scoreboard in his first start of the season, playing at Sungod Arena in North Delta, his hometown rink. Photo: Katie Lawrence-Balloch



In the third game of the week, the Ice Hawks got their third win of the season, defeating the North Vancouver Wolf Pack 5-0 in North Delta.

Ice Hawks starting goalie Jacob Zillich grew up playing at ND’s Sungod Arena with North Delta Minor Hockey and served up a 25-save shutout in his return to his hometown rink.

Carson Merriman continued his hot start to the season with another multi-goal performance, including the first two of the game. The first came on a breakaway as he stepped out of the penalty box, beating Zoltan Bencsik low to open the scoring with less than 3 minutes left in the first.

Then, just a minute into the second, he picked up a failed clear by North Vancouver, looped back towards the net and fired it home for a 2-0 lead.

Late in the second, Hawks AP Jordan Wales got his first PJHL goal by going nearly coast-to-coast, waiting out Bencsik and hitting the open corner on the far side for a 3-0 lead heading into the intermission.

The Hawks added on early in the third, winning a face-off in the Wolf Pack’s zone. The puck ended up with Wales, who passed down to Aiden McGregor-Bennett below the goal line. He went behind the net and sent a quick pass up to Dylan Stafford, who one-timed it into the back of the net.

A nice tic-tac-toe passing play coming from Colin Jang to Nicholas Kolb to Ryan Bal for a quick tap-in in the slot rounded out the scoring, ending in a 5-0 final for the Ice Hawks.