Aldergrove Kodiaks take three wins in a row
The Aldergrove Kodiaks took another pair of wins over the weekend to improve their record to 51 points in 40 games, as the junior B hockey squad prepares for the playoff series.
The results of the road games were decisive, with a 6-2 win over the Ridge Meadows Flames on Friday, Feb. 1 and an 8-2 win over the Grandview Steelers on Sunday, Feb. 3.
Kodiaks Adam Callegari and Stefan Gonzales were big producers in the win over the Steelers and were awarded the game's first and second stars, respectively, for their roles. Kodiaks Cole MacInnes was third star of the game.
Callegari opened the scoring, assisted by Gonzales, at 5:16 in the first period. Kodiak Spencer McHaffie scored on a power play two and a half minutes later, assisted by Ryan Veillet and Stephen Ryan, before the Steelers scored on a power play of their own. The Kodiaks scored twice more to put them up 4-1 at the start of the second period. Scorers were MacLean Hewitt and Kodi Schwarz (on a power play), with assists by Ryan and Gonzales, and Veilet and Gonzales, respectively.
The Kodiaks notched two more in the second while the Steelers scored one last time. Scoring for the Kodiaks were Ryan Simpson and Callegari, with assists by Ryan Ziadie and Cole Gastel, and Kenny Prato, respectively.
The Kodiaks scored the only two goals of the third period to seal the victory. Scorers were Prato and Spencer McHaffie, assisted by Simpson and Callegari, and Scott McHaffie and Roshen Jaswal, respectively.
The Steelers outshot the Kodiaks 38-27 that afternoon, with Kodiaks keeper MacInnes stopping 36 of the shots.
With the regular season winding down to a handful of games it is almost a certainty that the Kodiaks will face the Ridge Meadows Flames in the first round of the playoffs between the Harold Brittain conference's second and third place teams. Conference-leading Abbotsford Pilots will likely face the fourth place Mission City Outlaws.
The Kodiaks' 6-2 win over the Flames on Friday night was thus an important message to the Flames. The Kodiaks outshot the Flames 32-24 and scored on two of four power plays, while denying the Flames in their three power plays.
Kodiaks MacLean Hewitt was the game's first star thanks to his hat trick that night. Hewitt scored the only goal of the first period on a power play, and also scored the first goal of the second period. Assists were from Jaswal and Joshua Cronin, and Ryan and captain Daniel Higgs, respectively. Hewitt notched his hat trick goal in the dying seconds of the third period, with assists from Tyson Solotki and Gonzales.
Also scoring for the Kodiaks were the game's third star Prato, assisted by Callegari andy Gastel in the second period, and a pair from Callegari and Samuel Ramsay in the third, assisted by Simpson and Prato, and Solotki and Jaswal, respectively.
The Kodiaks responded to a heartbreaking loss the night before with a 7-5 victory over the Mission City Outlaws on Wednesday, Jan. 30.
The junior B hockey club hosted the Outlaws at the Aldergrove Arena and scored three third-period goals for the win.
Stefan Gonzales' power-play goal 1:29 into the third period snapped a 4-4 tie before a flurry of goals in the final 5:14.
Scott McHaffie scored to make it a two-goal lead. And after Mission's Matthew Liggett cut the deficit back to one, 26 seconds later, Stephen Ryan got that goal back for the 7-5 final score.
Spencer McHaffie and Scott McHaffie both scored in the first period while Kodi Schwarz scored twice in the second.
For the Outlaws, Scott Mackey scored twice, while Cameron Bertsch and Nolan Dyck had the other goals.
Mark Menicucci stopped 36 shots for the victory.
In the game on the night before, with overtime looming, Delta Ice Hawks' Mak Barden scored a short-handed goal with just 14 seconds left on the clock to deny the Kodiaks a single point and a shot in overtime.
Barden's winner made it 3-2 at the Ladner Leisure Centre on Jan. 29.
Spencer McHaffie and Kenny Prato had scored for the Kodiaks while Anthony Brito and Aaron Merrick tallied for Delta.
Cole MacInness was tagged with the loss, making 29 saves.
The Kodiaks stand at 51 points after 40 games, with a 25-14-1-0 record. They have four remaining regular season games left: Kodiaks host Ridge Meadows Flames on Feb. 6 and the Abbotsford Pilots on Feb. 13, and travel to play Richmond Sockeyes this Saturday, Feb. 9, 12:30 p.m. at the Richmond Oval as part of the Hockey Day in Canada celebration. Their final regular season game will be away at Port Moody Panthers on Saturday, Feb. 16.