Brayden Sinclair led the Hawks to a 9-1 victory on Tuesday night, scoring a goal and assisting on three in the first Ice Hawks win of the season.
The Ice Hawks came out fighting against the North Vancouver Wolf Pack Tuesday night, defeating the north shore team 9-1 for their first win of the season.
Bouncing back in a big way from the week before, eight different Ice Hawks had goals and 15 different Hawks had points in the rout, led by Brayden Sinclair with a goal and three assists.
Like the week before, Delta’s first goal came on the power play. The Hawks circled with the man-advantage and the puck ended up on the stick of Carson Hemenway. His first shot was turned away, but he got another opportunity seconds later and this time, beat Nikulas Jerris for his first of the season.
The Wolf Pack evened the game later in the period, with a Hawks clearing attempt going off a skate and right to Matthew Carniel. He and Marcus Rempel took turns with the puck, and Carniel eventually squeaked it by Zach Shaughnessy.
With less than two minutes to go, the Ice Hawks regained their lead, scoring two goals 26 seconds apart. Alec Scouras took a pass from Brayden Sinclair and cut through the high slot and beat Jerris high-glove side to make it 2-1 Delta.
Sinclair followed that up with a goal of his own, taking the puck from the Hawks’ blue line and into the Wolf Pack’s zone, cutting into the slot and sending an easy wrister home.
The Hawks locked up the lead in the second period, scoring five goals. The first came from Sinclair and Matthew Wise driving to the net for a 2-on-1, and Sinclair’s pass went in off Wise’s skate past Jerris.
Payton Hu scored his first of the season, deking his way through a couple North Van defenders then finishing off his own rebound.
Setting up their sixth goal, the Hawks executed a passing play starting with Ryan Bal, down to Yuji Akimoto, and across to Conner Merriman, who scored on a yawning cage.
Three minutes later, Carson Merriman finished a similar play for a goal of his own, this time on the power play, making it 7-1 Delta.
With seconds left in the middle frame, Colin Jang won a face-off in North Van’s zone, sending the puck back to Logan Joslin, who threw a shot on net that made it past Jerris and put the Hawks up by seven with one period to go.
The lone goal in the third period came from Conner Merriman, his second of the night. Kyle Robinson stole the puck in the neutral zone and went into the Wolf Pack zone 2-on-1 with Merriman. He passed across the slot and Merriman slapped it past new North Van goalie Nick Mayne.