The Aldergrove Kodiaks returned to their winning ways on Saturday night at Sungod Arena, with a 3-2 win over North Delta Devils.
It was a good night for Kodiaks’ Ryan Veillet, who opened the scoring in the second period after a scoreless first. Veillet’s goal at 34 seconds into the second period would be the only goal that period too. Veillet’s assist came from Spencer McHaffie and Stefan Gonzales.
The Devils evened the game up at 1:01 in the third on a power play, but 38 seconds later Veillet scored again, this time assisted by the twins Scott and Spencer McHaffie.
The Devils evened it up again at 6:53 but Gonzales scored the winner on a power play in the last minute of the game, assisted by Kenny Prato and Stephen Ryan.
Gonzales and Kodiaks’ keeper Mark Menicucci earned the game’s first and second stars, respectively. Shots on goal were 31-26 in favor of the Devils, with their goalie Steve Myland earning third star that night.
The Kodiaks stand at 15 points after 16 games (7-8-1-0), second to the Abbotsford Pilots (21 points) in the Harold Brittain conference.
Kodiaks put fright into Wolf Pack
The Aldergrove Kodiaks blanked the visiting North Vancouver Wolf Pack 6-0 in the first two periods on Halloween night at Aldergrove Arena, until a third period rally by the Pack brought the final score to 6-3 for the Kodiaks.
The Pack outshot the Kodiaks 19-6 in the third for a game total of 43-37 in their favor but they couldn’t score on any of six power plays, while the Kodiaks scored on two of five.
The twin brother team of Spencer and Scott McHaffie earned first and second stars for their outstanding work in the first period, scoring and assisting on the first three goals of four in the first period. Stefan Gonzales earned third star for his defense and assists on two goals.
Kodiaks first period scorers were Scott at 29 seconds, assisted by Gonzales and Spencer, Spencer at 5:35 on a power play assisted by Scott and Ryan Veillet, Spencer again at 11:42 assisted by Scott and Stephen Ryan, and Adam Callegari at 12:24 assisted by Kenny Prato and Tyson Solotki. Both Callegari and Prato were acquired from Mission City Outlaws in a trade last Thursday.
Kodiaks second period scorers were MacLean Hewitt on a power play at 5:00 assisted by Gonzales and Spencer, and Stephen Ryan at 14:46 assisted by Prato and and Joshua Cronin.
The Pack redoubled their efforts in the third and picked up a pair of goals early on breakaways, including a shorthanded one, by Dylan Tuskey and Brett Gough. Quin Buckellew notched the Pack’s third goal at 5:04 to end the scoring for the night.
The Kodiaks travel to Abbotsford Friday, Nov. 9 to take on the Pilots and to Delta, Tuesday, Nov. 13 to take on the Ice Hawks, before hosting the Grandview Steelers at Aldergrove Arena, Wednesday, Nov. 14, puck drop at 7:15 p.m.