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PREVIEW: North Vancouver Wolf Pack vs. Delta Ice Hawks (Game #35)

This morning at 10:00am, the North Vancouver Wolf Pack take on the Delta Ice Hawks in what is the fifth meeting of the season between these two clubs. It’s the first PJHL game of the new year and it is the last Winter Showcase game for the Wolf Pack. The Wolf Pack are the home team.

 

Delta Ice Hawks 

OVERVIEW

Record: 19-7-1-1

Home Record: 9-3-1-1

Road Record: 10-4-0-0

Last Game: A 7-5 win on December 14 against Surrey.

Goals For/Goals Against: 141 GF/104 GA (+37)

Power Play: 33/122 (27.05%)

Penalty Kill: 37/115 (67.83%)

Leading Scorers: Dalton Macgillivray (24GP – 21G – 32A – 53PTS), Alec Scouras (26GP – 17G – 32A – 49PTS), Carson Hemenway (21GP – 15G – 20A – 35PTS)

 

Delta Macgillivray

Dalton Macgillivray, the 2004 born forward from Cloverdale, BC leads the Ice Hawks with 53 points and is third in league scoring, but has played eight less games than the two players ahead of him (Nicholas Amsler and Ryan Denney of the Ridge Meadows Flames). Alec Scouras, one of four 2002 born forwards on the Ice Hawks, is another player who is counted on to produce for his team offensively. Scouras has 49 points in 26 games and is fifth in league scoring. The Ice Hawks sit in second place in goals for having scored 142 goals in 28 games and the teams Power Play is clicking at 27% which is also good for second in the league. The Ice Hawks and Wolf Pack never seem to disappoint and scoring lots of goals against one another is a big reason why.

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Ice, Ice Baby

Ryan Bayley (15GP-1G-5A-6P), and Leo Li (12GP-0G-2A-2P) are both 2001 born defencemen and are the oldest defencemen on their team. Rookie Cameron Lee has played the most games (23) of all defencemen, while Carson Hemenway (21GP – 15G – 20A – 35PTS) leads the blue line in points. The Ice Hawks penalty kill is amongst the worst in the PJHL as it sits only ahead of Abbotsford at 67.8%. Allowing 105 goals the Ice Hawks are eighth in goals against in the PJHL.

 

Like a Hawk

The Ice Hawks have four goaltenders on their roster, and they have all played in a handful of games. 2002 born goaltender Braedy Euerby has an 8-3 record in the 11 games that he has played in. Euerby has only faced off against the Wolf Pack once this season and let in 2 goals to help his team secure a 3-2 victory in overtime. Merik Erickson has dressed for 9 games, has a record of 8-1, to go along with a 3.55 GAA, and a 0.871 SV%.

 

NORTH VANCOUVER WOLF PACK

OVERVIEW

Head Coach: Matt Samson

Record: 26-6-1-1

Road Record: 13-4-0-0

Home Record: 13-2-1-1

Last Game: A 6-1 victory yesterday afternoon against the Mission City Outlaws.

Goals For/Goals Against: 139 GF/82 GA (+57)

Power Play: 31/133 (23.31%)

Penalty Kill: 14/122 (88.52%)

Leading Scorers: JJ Pickell (34GP – 27G – 22A – 49PTS), David Coyle (33GP – 23G – 25A – 48PTS), Ryan Hunter (34GP – 12G – 30A – 42PTS)

Howling Offence

Friday afternoon in Richmond, the North Vancouver Wolf Pack (26-6-1-1) defeated the Mission City Outlaws (13-11-1-3) 6-1. This was the first of two PJHL Winter Classic games for the Wolf Pack and this game saw the Wolf Pack play the role as the host team. David Coyle (33GP – 23G – 25A – 48PTS) scored three times, Ryan Hunter (34GP – 12G – 30A – 42PTS) scored twice, and the Captain Alex Binette (33GP – 9G – 24A – 33PTS) scored a goal too. The Wolf Pack had no problem putting the puck in the net as they did it six times and the team’s shoot first mentality allowed the team to have forty four shots on goal.

 

Furry Defence

The North Vancouver Wolf Pack sit third in the PJHL in goals against having only allowed 83 goals in 34 games. The Wolf Pack only had one goal scored against them in yesterday afternoon’s game  against Mission. The Wolf Pack are the least penalized team in the PJHL and have the best penalty kill at 88.5%. Two Wolf Pack defencemen, Jonathan Wong and Sebastiano Biagi, have had playing time in the BCHL both for the Cowichan Valley Capitals. All Wolf Pack defensemen can be trusted to play key minutes and are able to play at both ends of the ice. 

 

Stacking Pads

Yesterday, it was Sam Gilmore (19) who got the nod between the pipes against the Mission City Outlaws and Gilmore had a great end to 2021, letting in one goal on twenty five shots. Gilmore has a 10-3 record, a 2.47 GAA, and a 0.917 SV% to go along with one shutout. 

Damian Perovic, the team’s other goaltender, is the best goaltender in the league as Perovic has a .927SV%, a 2.31GAA, and 2 shutouts in 20 games. Expect to see Perovic in net in this game.

 

Final Words

This morning’s game is the fifth of six meetings between North Vancouver and Delta. The Pack have won three games already as they beat Delta 6-1 on September 21, 5-4 in overtime back on the 24th of November, and 5-4 in regulation time on December 11 which was the most recent game between these two teams. The sixth and final meeting of the season between North Vancouver and Delta is scheduled for Tuesday, January 25 at 7:35 at the Ladner Leisure Centre in Delta. The Wolf Pack have a record of 12-6-1-0 against the Ice Hawks over the past five seasons.