Aldergrove Kodiaks opened its quarter-final playoff series on Friday by defeating the Delta Ice Hawks on home ice with a final score of 3-1.
Delta had the early jump outshooting the Bears 13-11 in the first period and scoring the only goal of the frame to lead by one after one.
The Kodiaks were able to match the Ice Hawk’s first goal with swift power-play action led by scorer David Padgham, outshooting the visitors 24-5.
The game was tied 1-1 at 8:56 in the second period.
Kodiaks were able to turn the tide with a shot on net by Clayton Schroeder, leading the scoreboard 2-1, many from the home crowd jumped out of their seats in celebration.
From there the team’s momentum continued to escalate, keeping them on offence, swirling the Ice Hawk’s net during the third period.
With 1:02 left on the clock in the final period, Aldergrove’s Hayden Vetterl shot on an empty net due to heavy defensive efforts by the Ice Hawk’s goalie and offence players.
The Kodiaks kept up the pressure in the third, holding a 12-5 edge in shots and took a 1-0 lead in the series.
The Kodiaks managed 45 shots on goal at the 1:03 mark, compared to the Ice Hawk’s 20.
From there, the Kodiak’s playoff win against Delta was just a matter of time.
Davin Padgham, Clayton Schroeder, and Hayden Vetter each secured both a goal and assist during the playoff.
Clayton Schroeder was named first star with Nate Catonguay taking third star with an assist.
Aldergrove heavily outshot the Hawks 47-23.