Season’s end a game away

Colin Catchpole (right) of the North Delta Devils has scored twice in the playoffs, but the Devils trail Richmond 3-0. - FILE PHOTO / THE LEADER
Colin Catchpole (right) of the North Delta Devils has scored twice in the playoffs, but the Devils trail Richmond 3-0.
— image credit: FILE PHOTO / THE LEADER

Three games, three losses.

And unless the North Delta Devils can somehow win four straight against the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s best team in the regular season, their season is about to come to an end in the next week.

The Devils trail the Sockeyes 3-0 in their best-of-seven quarterfinal series. They lost the first game 3-0 on Thursday night in Richmond, then dropped a 3-2 overtime decision Friday on home ice in the Sungod Arena. They were at home again Saturday night, and were drubbed 13-2 in a one-sided contest.

Richmond scored at least three times in each period, went five-for-eight on the powerplay, and outshot the home team 32-15 over the first 40 minutes of play.

Tanner Lenting netted the first goal for North Delta, a power play effort that cut Richmond’s lead to 2-1 with two minutes to go in the first period. Colin Catchpole scored the second North Delta goal, coming with six minutes to play when Richmond was up 12-1.

North Delta’s best chance for a win was in the second game Friday at Sungod. The Devils outshot Richmond 24-16 over the final 40 minutes of regulation time, but trailed 2-0 with less than two minutes to play.

Catchpole scored on the power play with 96 seconds left on the clock, then Levi De Waal forced extra time with one second remaining. Max Fiedler assisted on both North Delta goals.

An 11-7 edge in shots on goal in overtime didn’t help the Devils. Richmond’s Trevor Lima tallied five minutes into the second overtime period.

The Sockeyes dominated North Delta in the first game, outshooting the Devils in every period and finishing with a 36-21 advantage. They led 2-0 and 3-0 at the period breaks.

The next two games of the series are in Richmond tomorrow (Wednesday) and, if necessary, Thursday.

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