Monday, March 18, 2013

Sockeyes season comes down to 7th game

It looked like last year's defeat had been avenged. It looked like a championship series with Aldergrove was a sure thing. It looked like a berth in the Cyclone Taylor Cup tournament was a likely outcome. But then game 5 happened.

After going down 3-1 in their series with Richmond, the Delta Ice Hawks have shown incredible resilience, nerve and fighting spirit. They took game 5 by a dramatic 5-4 score that saw them blow a 2-0 lead. They would hang on after Jake Roder increased the drama factor, and decreased the lead to 5-4 with 9 minutes left in the third. It would be a lead that would stand as Alex Ahnert would stop the other 7 shots that came his way in that period for a crucial road win in game 5.

Game 6 was another evenly matched, high-paced game. The Ice Hawks got off to a 1-0 lead when Daniel Del Bianco blasted one past Kootenay Alder to open up the scoring. Heinen would knot things up at 1 in the second, but the draw would be short-lived. Letourneau and Merrick would score less than 3 minutes apart, to make the lead an unsurmountable one of the Sockeyes.

So it now comes to this. Game 7. Minoru Arena. Tuesday night at 8:45. A more dramatic script up to now could not be written better than the stories these teams have told on the ice to this point. Come to the game or catch all the action live on

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