White Rock captain Chris Fortems hit the post against the Langley Trappers Sept. 24. Photo: Alistair Burns/ White Rock Whalers. |
Pod’s Sherwin line notches seven points
BURNABY WINTER CLUB – Whaler Zac Sherwin burst in on an overtime breakaway – his forehand deke denied by the sliding pads of Grandview Steeler netminder Shayan Kermany.
Immediately after Sherwin’s sublime attempt, the Steelers could have – and should have – had a clear path to the White Rock net.
Instead, this small moment was a seminal one for Whaler captain Chris Fortems. The veteran pivoted at centre ice, and his desperate sprint back to the slot ensured that there would be no scoring chance as he poke-checked the puck away from danger.
Fortems, Sherwin and company put forth an outstanding effort and yet still lost – albeit in a 5-4 shootout – to the Grandview Steelers on Oct. 2.
Winters solid in SO
The Whalers pushed Grandview to a sixth round as Steeler Steven Konechny was the only player to rifle the puck past Pod goalie Adam Winters. Meanwhile, sixth shooter Margetson’s moves didn’t fool Kermany.
White Rock collected a single point and means that the Whalers – one win, four losses, and now a lone shootout loss – have three points for fifth place out of six teams in the Tom Shaw Conference. A day earlier, the Pod lost 7-1 to the Delta Ice Hawks in Centennial Arena.
Pod defenceman Bryce Margetson – nicknamed the “Batman” for his speedy gear change last season – drove home his second of the season only 91 seconds into the game for a powerplay marker. Ten minutes later, he teamed up with an assist on “Big Goal” Cole Svendson’s goal for a 2-0 lead.
The Sherwin, Svendson and Fortems line collected a total of seven points Oct. 2. “I think it’s just the chemistry that we played last year together and before,” Sherwin said after the game.
In the middle frame, the Steelers connected on their own chance on the man advantage via Carter Demelo. Then defenceman Gabriel Adam’s point shot snuck past Winters to knot the score at 2-2.
Team kept trading goals – Svendson’s second of the night; Grandview’s Pav Bandesha shorthanded; Demelo again; Whaler Zach Johns.
Between the pipes, Whaler Adam Winters withstood a number of crease crashes and nimbly slid to deny Matteo Pero’s one-timer from the top of the circle on a powerplay. Winters faced 35 shots while he waits for his first victory this season.
“Last year we didn’t start too strongly either, so it can only go up from here,” Sherwin concluded.
POST GAME AUDIO with #16 Zach Sherwin
Live Audio with Zach Sherwin
"I just try to stop the puck, to get in the way of it," Whalers goalie Ty Angus said.
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First: White Rock # 62 Cole Svendson
Second: Delta # 14 Alec Scouras
Third: Delta # 18 Dalton MacGillivray