Devils undo Kodiaks' win streak

Aldergrove Kodiaks
Aldergrove Kodiaks' defenceman Stefan Gonzales (#77) scored the night's first goal against the North Delta Devils, Jan. 23 at Aldergrove Arena, but a weak performance in the third period gave the 6-3 victory to the Devils.
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Lacklustre work by the Aldergrove Kodiaks cost them a 6-3 loss to the North Delta Devils, Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Aldergrove Arena.

The Kodiaks started the score sheet that night with a power play goal by defenceman Stefan Gonzales at 16:56 in the first period. Assists were by Kenny Prato and captain Daniel Higgs.

However, Devils' Max Fiedler notched his first pair of the night early in the second to put the Devils up 2-1. It wasn't until 15:36 in the second that Kodiak Stephen Ryan evened the score up, with help from Ryan Simpson and Prato.

The Devils scored another pair early in the third to go up 4-2, before Kodiak Roshen Jaswal scored at 10:23, assisted by Ryan Veillet and Scott McHaffie. It was to be the last goal of the night for the Kodiaks, as Devils' Fiedler scored his fourth goal before the Devils' Blake Gorrill pocketed an empty-netter in the game's dying minute.

Kodiaks coach-GM Rick Harkins expressed disappointment in the team failing to follow the game plan and not shutting down Fiedler.

The Kodiaks outshot the Devils 39-35 and Prato was named third star of the night.

The result leaves the Kodiaks in second place in the Harold Brittain conference, nine points behind the Abbotsford Pilots, with only three regular season home games left.

The Kodiaks stand at 45 points after 36 games, with 12 wins in the last 14 games (22-13-1-0).

The Kodiaks travel to play the Delta Ice Hawks, Tuesday, Jan. 29, host the Mission City Outlaws, Wednesday, Jan. 30, travel to play Ridge Meadows Flames, Friday, Feb. 1 and the Grandview Steelers, Sunday, Feb. 3, host the Ridge Meadows Flames, Wednesday, Feb. 6, travel to play the Richmond Sockeyes, Saturday, Feb. 9, host the Abbotsford Pilots, Wednesday, Feb. 13, and play their final regular season game away at Port Moody Panthers, Saturday, Feb. 16.

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