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Devils chasing second place

North Delta Devils goaltender Harry Fredeman gets his glove on a shot, denying Delta Ice Hawks forward Kolten Grieve of a rebound during Tuesday’s PIJHL game in Lander. Fredeman made 32 saves in a 5-3 win by the Devils. - JIM KINNEAR / BLACK PRESS
North Delta Devils goaltender Harry Fredeman gets his glove on a shot, denying Delta Ice Hawks forward Kolten Grieve of a rebound during Tuesday’s PIJHL game in Lander. Fredeman made 32 saves in a 5-3 win by the Devils.
— image credit: JIM KINNEAR / BLACK PRESS

Maybe second place isn’t out of the question for the North Delta Devils.

After a 5-3 road win over the Delta Ice Hawks Tuesday night in Ladner, the Devils have pulled to within three points of Delta in the race for the runner-up position in the Tom Shaw Conference of the Pacific International Junior Hockey League.

North Delta rode a 32-save performance from goaltender Harry Fredeman to get the win. Managing just 26 shots at the Ice Hawks goal, the Devils made the most of their chances after falling behind 2-0 midway through the period.

Grange Gordon and Bryon Maxwell had the home team in the lead early, but Colin Catchpole cut the difference to one before the first intermission.

Julian Feljo, and affiliate player, scored his second goal in as many games with the Devils on the powerplay to knot the score 2-2 midway through the second period.

Maxwell, with his 16th of the season, restored the Ice Hawks lead 71 seconds later. But it was the last goal of the game for Delta.

The Devils drew even with a goal from Jacob Wensley before the second period was over. Michal Urbaniak notched the winner with an unassisted effort on the powerplay nine minutes into the final frame. Then Robert Lacis scored into an empty net with 15 seconds to play.

The victory improved the Devils to 21-10-4 (won-lost-tied), three points back of Delta, which has played two fewer games.

The Devils host the Mission Ice Breakers Saturday night at 6:45 p.m. at the Sungod Arena.

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