PREVIEW: Delta Ice Hawks vs. North Van Wolf Pack (Game #7)

Giancarlo Nadeau


On this day of recognition, the Wolf Pack would like to recognize and commemorate the communities, families, and individual survivors of these tragic events in Canadian history. The legacy of this day will be to honour the memory of all those children victimized by the residential school system and the impact on indigenous peoples. We encourage our fans to wear orange to show their respect.


The Wolf Pack set their sights on their fourth victory of the season. North Van (3-3-0-0) hosts Delta (7-0-0-0) for the first time this season. Tickets for tonight’s game are still available and can be purchased at the gate or by clicking HERE!





General Manager / Head Coach: Steve Robinson

Assistant Coaches: Carson Hemenway, Tyler McMinn, Dominic Passalacqua-Main, Quinten Wideski


Record: 7-0-0-0

Road Record: 3-0-0-0

Last Game: A 5-4 shootout victory at home against Richmond on Tuesday to remain undefeated.

Goals For/Goals Against: 34 GF/15 GA (+19)

Power Play: 8/26 (30%)

Penalty Kill: 27/28 (96%)


Leading Scorers: Carson Merriman (7GP – 8G – 9A – 17PTS), Colin Jang (7GP – 5G – 8A – 13PTS), Michael Romeo (7GP – 6G – 5A – 11PTS)



It has been over two weeks since the Wolf Pack traded 2004-born defenceman Billy Johal to the Delta Ice Hawks in exchange for future considerations. Johal began his PJHL career with the Ice Hawks during the 2021-22 season before moving to North Vancouver six games into the year.

In his first season with the club, the left-shot defenceman put up two goals and 13 assists for 15 points in 34 games. He would go on to register two assists in six additional playoff games. Last season, the native of Delta, BC, scored twice and picked up four assists for six points in 23 games. He added two assists in his team’s Survivor Series match-up against the Grandview Steelers. In total, Johal played 67 games, including one game this year, in blue and white in the regular season and playoffs. 

Johal has played in one game with the Hawks since the trade and may be on the ice tonight.


  • Carson Merriman (8-9-17) leads the league in points. He’s second in goals (8) and assists (9).
  • Delta has the best power play (8/26 – 30.7%) in the PJHL.
  • The Ice Hawks have the best penalty kill (27/28 – 96%) in the PJHL.
  • Delta is the only team without a loss this season.




General Manager: Matt Samson

Head Coach: Mike Borrelli

Assistant Coaches: Matt Samson, Elias Godoy, Nathan Haaksma

Leadership Group: JJ Pickell (C), Ryan Hunter (A), Corson Penman (A), Matthew Carniel (A), Trevor Baron (A)


Record: 3-3-0-0

Home Record: 2-1-0-0

Last Game: A 5-4 road win out in Abbotsford the previous night.

Goals For/Goals Against: 18 GF/27 GA (-9)

Power Play: 2/33 (6%) 

Penalty Kill: 23/30 (76.6%)


Leading Scorers: Ryan Hunter (6GP – 4G – 4A – 8PTS), JJ Pickell (6GP – 3G – 3A – 6PTS), Anthony Reimer (4GP – 2G – 3A – 5PTS)



An outstanding performance of two goals and three assists in two games has earned Wolf Pack forward Matthew Carniel a PJHL star of the week. This is the first time a Wolf Pack player has been recognized as a league star this season. 

The Real Deal was dominant in both games this past week, tallying a goal against Richmond and Aldergrove. He was also named the third and second star in those games. The Port Moody native has been with the team since the 2021-22 season and reached 70 regular season points on the weekend. Carniel is a game away from 75 regular season games and a point removed from 75 points, including regular season and playoffs.



  • Anthony Reimer had four points (1-3) last night and now has five in four games.
  • Carter Dickson had three assists last night and now has five points (1-4) in 3 games.
  • The Wolf Pack have the worst power play in the league (2/33) and have not scored on their past 11 attempts.
  • Rylan Oatman, Carter Dickson, Jonny Yarbrough, Caleb Cruz, and Brady Reed all have their first goals with the Wolf Pack.
  • JJ Pickell is in his first season as the team’s captain.
  • Ryan Hunter and Matthew Carniel serve as alternate captains when the team plays at home, while Corson Penman and Trevor Baron are alternate captains on the road. These are also all the over-aged players on the squad.



North Vancouver tries to make it three wins in a row, while Delta looks to remain the only team in the PJHL without a loss. Delta was 3-0-0-0 over North Van last season and is currently 1-0-0-0 against the Pack this year. Delta blanked the Wolf Pack 5-0 on September 14, with Jacob Zillich stopping all 25 shots and Carson Merriman scoring twice. North Van holds the record for the past five seasons with a 9-6-1-0 record.



NV: hosts Grandview next Sunday

ALD: home to Port Moody on Tuesday at 7:35 p.m.