The White Rock Whalers celebrate a goal from Jayson Beauregard earlier in the team’s PJHL conference final series against the Delta Ice Hawks. (Alistair Burns/White Rock Whalers photo)
Whalers advance to championship round after 4-2 series win over Delta Ice Hawks
The White Rock Whalers’ playoff run continues this weekend, as the Pacific Junior Hockey League squad gets set for the second round.
f nothing else, the White Rock Whalers and Delta Ice Hawks have been giving fans their money’s worth – and then some – after four of five games in their second-round Pacific Junior Hockey League series have required overtime to decide.
The Whalers have a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven conference final – the winner advances to the league championship – and they’ll have a shot to clinch the series Tuesday night at Centennial Arena; puck drop is 7 p.m.
White Rock had a chance to end the series Sunday night at the Ladner Leisure Centre, but fell to the Ice Hawks 4-3 in double overtime, with Delta’s Dalton MacGillivray scoring the winner 3:19 into the second overtime session.
Sam Dowell, Jayson Beauregard and Zach Sherwin scored for White Rock, while goalie Keegan Maddocks made 49 saves. In the other net, Merik Erickson stopped 38 for Delta, and Carson Merriman had two goals and an assist.
Sunday’s game wasn’t the longest of the series, however – the series opener on March 5 also went to overtime, with the winner – scored by Whalers’ forward Ewan Rennie – coming 3:40 into the second OT.
White Rock won the second game, too, – a 4-2 contest played in Ladner – before Delta got its first win of the series in Game 3, another double-overtime affair that ended when Delta’s Carson Bigras snapped a rebound past Maddocks two minutes into the fifth period of the game...