Overtime win for Devils
Having fallen out of contention for a playoff position, the North Delta Devils haven’t let up.
The Pacific Junior Hockey League team defeated a conference rival for the second straight game, edging the Delta Ice Hawks 2-1 in double overtime Saturday night at the Sungod Arena.
With three games remaining in their season, North Delta has a 10-28-1-2 (win-loss-overtime loss-tie) record, and are in the basement of the Tom Shaw Conference.
The Devils are now on a three-game undefeated streak, their latest win a 2-1 decision over the Delta Ice Hawks Saturday night at the Sungod Arena.
Although outshot 46-34 by the visitors, North Delta received strong goaltending from Nickolas Trenciansky. The 17 year-old from Surrey, in goal for all three games of the current unbeaten streak, turned aside 45 of 46 shots for his fourth victory of the season.
Connor Fortems was the only Ice Hawks player to put a puck past Trenciansky, doing so with just 64 seconds remaining in the second period to break a scoreless tie.
Dylan McCann, a 16 year-old from Surrey, netted the tying goal six minutes into the second period with an unassisted effort while on the powerplay. Playing in just his fifth game with the Devils, McCann assisted on the winning goal 1:23 into the second overtime period, setting up former Ice Hawks Kyla Mana for his first goal of the season.
North Delta had an edge in the special teams battle, scoring once on four powerplay chances while killing off five shorthanded situations.
Alex Ahnert, who played goal for the Devils three seasons ago, took the loss in the Ice Hawks net. He made 32 saves.
The Devils will play twice next weekend against the top two teams in the Harold Brittain Conference, visiting the second-place Abbotsford Pilots Friday night then hosting the first-place Aldergrove Kodiaks Saturday at 7:15 p.m. in the Sungod Arena.