The Aldergrove Kodiaks started out strong against the visiting Delta Ice Hawks on Feb. 3, and had a late rally in the third period.
However, a disappointing performance by the Kodiaks in the second period and a last-minute empty-netter by the Hawks sealed a 4-6 loss for the Kodiaks.
The result leaves the Kodiaks at 45 points after 41 games (21-17-1-2), with three regular season games left in the coming week. The Kodiaks are assured of a spot in the first round of playoffs with third place in the Harold Brittain conference, and their likely foes in the playoffs will be their arch-rivals, the Abbotsford Pilots.
The Kodiaks outshot the Hawks by a wide margin, 44-27, and outshot the Hawks in every period but just couldn’t find the back of the Hawks’ net on 40 of those shots.
Aldergrove lead 2-0 within the first two minutes of the game, with goals from Lucas Stratford and Brandon Dolby, assisted by Davin Padgham and Kyle Bosko, and Spencer Unger and Padgham, respectively. The Hawks scored a pair in the last half of the first period, which sandwiched Stratford’s second goal, assisted by Eric Callegari.
However, the Kodiaks 3-2 lead was eaten up by three unanswered goals for the Hawks in the second period, giving the Hawks a 5-3 lead.
The Kodiaks finally mounted an all-out offensive late in the third and were rewarded with a goal by Unger, from Callegari, to put them a mere goal away from taking the game into overtime. However, with a man-advantage by pulling keeper Dawson Rodin, the Kodiaks lost control of the puck and the Hawks struck with an empty-netter in the dying minute to take the 6-4 win.
The Kodiaks were unable to score on any of their six power plays while the Hawks scored on one of four.Kodiaks’ Stratford was named the game’s third star.
The Kodiaks face the Langley Knights Thursday, Feb. 4 at George Preston Arena. The Kodiaks’ final away game of the regular season is Tuesday, Feb. 9 against the Delta Ice Hawks followed by their final home game against Richmond Sockeyes, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 7:15 p.m. puck drop.
Kodiaks Kyle Bosko and Lucas Stratford tangle with the Delta Ice Hawks Feb. 3 at Aldergrove Arena.
Kodiaks Eric Callegari and Hawks Justin Schwartz in action at Aldergrove Arena, Feb. 3.
Kodiaks captain Spencer Unger puts the pressure on Hawks net minder Jacob Latrace at Aldergrove Arena, Feb. 3.
Kodiaks Kyle Bosko’s shot on the Hawks net bounces off net minder Jacob Latrace, Feb. 3 at Aldergrove Arena.