Trappers hold off Hawks

It was another tight game at the PJHL Winter Classic between the Delta Ice Hawks and Langley Trappers on Sunday morning, with Langley taking it 3-1.

The Ice Hawks heavily outshot the Trappers throughout the game, but had trouble getting by goaltender Cooper Giebrecht.

The lone goal of the first period was scored by Langley on the power play. Anthony Bosnjak found mesh on the far side of the net, beating Hunter Tarves glove-side.

In the second, Delta was able to tie the game on the power play. Ryan Bayley shot one from the left circle and in the ensuing scramble out front of the net, Truman Chiu chipped the rebound home past Giesbrecht.

Just 21 seconds later, Carter Graham carried the puck around the net and found Brendan O’Grady alone in the slot, passing to him from behind the net for a one-timer goal to reclaim the lead for Langley.

There was a point in the second period where the Hawks were on the man-advantage, sometimes 5-on-3, for five consecutive minutes. Although they had multiple shots on goal and controlled the play, they were unable to find the back of the net.

The lone goal was scored late in the third period; an empty-netter by Casey Whintors. Jesse Conroy slid and stopped one shot from going in, but Whintors stole the puck in the Hawks zone and shot it into the open cage.

The Hawks are headed back home to the Ladner Leisure Centre on Tuesday night for their first game back on home ice in 2020. The Surrey Knights will be in town for the final matchup of the season between the two teams.