Devils earn a point
Erasing a three-goal deficit with three unanswered goals in the second period, the North Delta Devils salvaged a point from their Pacific International Junior Hockey League game against the Delta Ice Hawks.
The Devils fell 5-4 in a shootout Saturday night at the Sungod Arena, losing an opportunity to tie Delta for sixth place in the eight-team Junior B league.
North Delta’s record fell to 14-23-3 (won-loss-overtime loss), three games back of the Ice Hawks with eight games to play.
Delta made the most of just six first period shots, scoring three times for a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes.
They made it 4-1 a half-minute into the second frame before the Devils evened the score on tallies by Mike Popowich, Jamie Fowler and Kyle Leung. Aaron Mahiban netted the first period goal for the home side, while Popowich also assisted on a pair of tallies to finish the night with three points.
The shootout was no contest, as Kyle Brown was the lone Devil to score on three tries, while all four Delta shooters scored.
Now three points back of the Ice Hawks – and just one ahead of the last place Hope Ice Breakers – the Devils will host Hope Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. at the Sungod Arena before facing off Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. at the Burnaby Winter Club against the Grandview Steelers.