Devils chase Wolf Pack for third

Joshua Smith (21) of the North Delta Devils scored once in a 4-3 overtime loss to the North Vancouver Wolf Pack. - FILE PHOTO / THE LEADER
Joshua Smith (21) of the North Delta Devils scored once in a 4-3 overtime loss to the North Vancouver Wolf Pack.
— image credit: FILE PHOTO / THE LEADER

An overtime loss on home ice Saturday night may have cost the North Delta Devils a third-place finish in the Tom Shaw Conference of the Pacific Junior Hockey League.

A 4-3 loss to the North Vancouver Wolf Pack dropped the Devils three points back of the winners, with each club having two games to play.

North Vancouver was the dominant team throughout Saturday’s game, outshooting North Delta in all three periods as well as overtime, finishing with  a 38-21 advantage.

Cloverdale native Braden Krogfoss made 18 saves in the Wolf Pack goal for the win, while Bryson McKinnon made his first start of the season in the North Delta goal, making 34 saves.

The Wolf Pack went up 1-0 eight minutes into the game. Joshua Smith replied for North Delta three minutes later, leaving the teams tied 1-1 after the first period.

Colin Catchpole scored on a penalty shot to give the Devil’s a lead in the second period, and Max Fiedler made it 3-1 72 seconds later.

The Wolf Pack rallied to tie the game with a pair of goals while on the power play. Ram Brar, a Surrey native, tallied in the second period then Cody Gordon knotted the score with less than five minutes to play to force overtime.

North Vancouver got the winner with two minutes left in the second extra period.

The two clubs met again last night (Wednesday) in North Vancouver, then both teams will play their final home games of the season Saturday night on home ice. The Wolf Pack will host the Delta Ice Hawks, while North Delta will face-off against the Grandview Steelers.

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