Overtime win for Devils
Losing a game they could have won after winning one they should have lost, the North Delta Devils continue to cling to sixth place in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League.
The Devils were burned for five powerplay goals by the Ridge Meadows Flames Saturday night, and couldn’t score on eight opportunities with the man advantage. But they still won 6-5 in overtime at the Sungod Arena.
On Sunday afternoon in Hope, playing the last place Ice Breakers, North Delta fired 44 shots at the opposition goal, but came up on the short end of a 6-3 score.
With three games to play, the Devils remain four points back of the Port Moody Black Panthers, and three ahead of Hope and the Delta Ice Hawks.
The team was hoping to catch Port Moody for fifth place, and Saturday’s win – their third in four starts – helped their cause.
Outshot 38-34, the Devils had built a 5-2 lead midway through the second period, on goals by Kyle Brown, Shane Glover, Adam Jessop, Shane Goutsis and Jamie Fowler.
But they ran into penalty trouble, taking seven consecutive minor penalties, including five in the first eight minutes of the third period. The Flames scored three times with the man advantage to tie the game and force overtime, where Kye Benjaminsen netted the winner after just 48 seconds.
Looking for a second straight win in the upper Fraser Valley, North Delta scored just three times on Ice Breakers netminder Mark Trousdell, who stopped 41 shots over 60 minutes.
Fowler, Goutsis, and Kyle Leung tallied for the Devils.
Now at 17-25-3 (won-loss-overtime loss), North Delta was in Ladner to play the Ice Hawks last night.
They close out the season with two home games, Saturday against the second place Richmond Sockeyes and Feb. 23 when the first place Abbotsford Pilots visit the Sungod Arena.