Aldergrove Kodiaks's Spencer McHaffie and Richmond Sockeyes' Adam Nishi chase the puck behind Richmond's net in a 4-4 draw at Aldergrove Arena

Kodiaks, Sockeyes battle to 4-4 tie

The Aldergrove Kodiaks scored twice in the final four minutes to earn a 4-4 tie with the Richmond Sockeyes.

The Aldergrove Kodiaks scored twice in the final four minutes to earn a 4-4 tie with the Richmond Sockeyes.

The junior B hockey clubs squared off at the Aldergrove Arena on Oct. 30 and combined for a wild third period which saw six goals, including five in a span of 6:34.

After a scoreless first period, Justin White opened the scoring for the visitors before Scott McHaffie tied things up eight minutes later.

Stephen Ryan put the home side ahead with a power-play goal 1:48 into the third.

And the score remained that way until about the 11:00 minute mark.

The Sockeyes’ John Wesley and Cole Plotnikoff struck for goals 15 seconds apart and then Jackson Wanick made it 4-2 with another power play goal a couple of minutes later.

But the Kodiaks cued the comeback with Kodi Schwartz making it 4-3 at 16:10 and then 90 seconds later, Kenny Prato scored on the power play.

Neither team could score in overtime, despite eight shots for Richmond and six for Aldergrove. The final shots were 45-44 for the Sockeyes.

Prato had a pair of helpers to finish with a three-point night and first star while Adam Callegari had three assists for third star. Sockeye Waniek was second star with three points.

Tate Sproxton made 41 saves for the Kodiaks.

The tie pushes Aldergrove into a first-place tie with the Abbotsford Pilots atop the PJHL’s Harold Brittain Conference. Both teams have 21 points, although Abbotsford has played 14 games and Aldergrove has played 15.

Ridge Meadows, Mission and Port Moody trail in the conference at 13, nine and five points, respectively.

Over in the Tom Shaw conference Delta leads with 22 points, followed by Richmond (20), Grandview (17), North Vancouver (15) and North Delta (9).

Kodiak Ryan remains the league scoring leader with 27 after 15 games, followed by Prato with 25 points and Callegari with 22. Waniek and Scott McHaffie are tied at 20 points each.

The Kodiaks are back in action on Nov. 6 when they host the Mission City Outlaws at the Aldergrove Arena. Game time is 7:15 p.m.

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