Devils win one, lose one

A slow start in game one stopped the North Delta Devils from sweeping the first two games of their best-of-seven quarterfinal series with the Grandview Steelers.

The Steelers jumped to period leads of 3-0 and 5-0 Tuesday night at the Sungod Arena, and hung on for a 6-3 win over North Delta in the opening game of their Pacific International Junior Hockey League playoff series.

Wednesday night in Burnaby, the Devils rebounded for a 4-3 victory.

The series resumes this weekend with four games in as many days. The third game will be Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. at the Sungod Arena, with the teams also set to play Sunday at 3:45 p.m. and Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Burnaby Winter Club. A sixth game, if necessary, is set for Tuesday night at 9:30 p.m. back at Sungod.

North Delta, the sixth place team in the regular season, outshot the Steelers 25-14 over the final 40 minutes of Tuesday’s contest, but couldn’t beat Grandview goalie Todd Meyer until early in the third period.

Adam Jessop scored twice for North Delta, with Mike Popowich adding a single. Kye Benjaminsen contributed with a pair of assists.

Grandview directed 27 shots at Devils goalie Josh Krenus, who made 21 saves.

Wednesday in Burnaby, the Steelers scored once in each period, each goal snapping a tie. The Devils rallied to tie the game on each occasion, not taking the lead until the midway mark of the third period when Jean Merchan netted the winner.

Jessop again tallied twice for North Delta, with Shane Glover adding a single. Kyle Leung assisted on a pair of goals.

Norbert Biszczak was in the Devils goal, stopping 27 of 30 shots.

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