Photo courtesy of Jody Harris Photography, PJHL.
Whaler Daniel Zuvic records shut-out
CENTENNIAL ARENA – For 55 seconds, White Rock goalie Daniel Zuvic mustered his grit to stave off a two-man advantage for the Delta Ice Hawks.
Zuvic used his hot glove hand to stymie the opposition’s powerplay. He made 30 saves in a 3-0 victory for the Whalers Sept. 25. It was his first shut-out of the season and halted a two-game losing streak for the Pod.
Zuvic’s played “really, really well so far this season. So, I’m glad he finally gets rewarded with the shut-out,” said associate coach Julian Feijo.
At press time, White Rock – with a record of four wins and two losses – jumped up to tie the Richmond Sockeyes for top spot in the six-team Tom Shaw Conference.
In a game that had over 100 penalty minutes, the Whalers stuck to their successful formula so far this season: a speedy counterattack.
“Our pace and forecheck has helped us succeed in the first couple of games,” commented alternate captain Zac Sherwin.
You’ve been thunderstruck: Mathieson
Caleb Cruz notched his first as a Whaler – and the game-winning goal – two-and-a-half minutes in on the powerplay.
After a few shifts, teammate Ryden Mathieson upped the tempo when he laid out an Ice Hawk with a thunderous check at centre ice.
That event woke Delta up. In the middle frame, Whaler defenceman Josten Hu stretched and cleared the puck off the goal line in a frantic crease battle.
Sherwin & Fortems return scoresheet favours
Four minutes later, alternate captain Zac Sherwin put the Pod up 2-0 when he coolly snapped a feed from Chris Fortems past Delta goalie Dawson Chen.
After last season being cut short by the pandemic, Sherwin pointed out that the Whalers have a “new mindset that makes us a grittier team that is even hungrier for a lengthy playoff run.”
In the third period, Sherwin returned the favour. He set up Fortems for White Rock’s second powerplay goal a mere 23 seconds after play resumed.
Post-Game with Coach Rogers
Third: White Rock # 4 Caleb Cruz
Second: White Rock # 19 Chris Fortems
First: White Rock # 16 Zac Sherwin