Devils drop two at home
The North Delta Devils began 2014 with two more losses on home ice, but they did earn a point Saturday night against the Grandview Steelers.
The Devils fell 4-3 in overtime in the Pacific Junior Hockey League game, two days after dropping a 7-1 decision to the North Vancouver Wolf Pack. Both games were played at the Sungod Arena.
Now at 7-24-1-1 (win-loss-overtime loss-tied) on the season with just 11 games to play, North Delta will not be participating in the postseason. In the basement of the Tom Shaw Conference standings, they are 17 points behind the fourth-place Steelers.
The Devils fired 54 shots at Grandview goaltender Cole MacInnes Saturday night, but fell behind 3-1 after 40 minutes. Jackson Surbey and Blake Gorrill scored in the final 10 minutes of regulation time to knot the score 3-3 and force an extra period. The Steelers needed just 27 seconds to net the winner, with former Devils Marco Romano scoring to end the game.
Levi De Waal tallied the first goal of the game for the home side, and also added an assist to finish the night with two points.
Surrey native Nickolas Tenciansky played well in the North Delta net, making 42 saves on 46 shots.
Last Thursday, the Wolf Pack took it to the Devils early and never let up by taking period leads of 3-0 and 5-0. Colin Catchpole scored the only goal for North Delta while on the powerplay with 10 minutes remaining in the game.
The Devils are in Richmond tonight (Thursday) for a game with the 23-9-1-1 Sockeyes, then will host the 19-9-2-2 Abbotsford Pilots Saturday at 7:15 p.m. at the Sungod Arena.