Benjamin Vikich (9) of the North Delta Devils had a goal and two assists in a 6-5 win over the Aldergrove Kodiaks.

Devils are unbeaten in three

Junior B hockey team climbs out of last place

On a losing streak at the start of last week, the North Delta Devils are riding a string of victories that now stands at three.

The Devils won on the road for the first time this season last Wednesday night in Langley, defeating the Aldergrove Kodiaks 6-5. The Pacific International Junior Hockey League team then thumped the Grandview Steelers 5-1 Saturday night at the Sungod Arena, moving out of the basement in the Tom Shaw Conference.

Five players scored for the home team Saturday, as North Delta outshot the Steelers 29-20.

Marco Romano and Nicholas Lee tallied in the first period to give the Devils a 2-1 lead. Benjamin Vikich added an insurance goal in the second frame, the Levi De Waal and Devon Elford scored in the third .

Vikich had a three-point night, assisting on a pair of goals, to earn first-star honours. Taylor Armstrong also had two helpers.

Tyler Read got the start in the North Delta goal, making 19 saves for his third win of the season.

In Aldergrove Wednesday, Steve Myland blocked 47 of 52 shots to lead the Devils to a 6-5 victory. North Delta trailed for much of the first half of the game, falling behind 2-1 after one period with Mack Wallace netting the Devils goal.

Matthew Tilton pulled North Delta even five minutes into the second period, but just two minutes later, the Kodiaks were back in front by a 3-2 score.

Tristan Craighead  and Devin Elford scored late the in period for a 4-3 North Delta lead after 40 minutes.

Special teams provided all the offence in the third period. Aldergrove scored twice with the man advantage, but each time the Devils answers with a power play goal of their own.

De Waal tallied both goals, giving the Devils a 5-4 lead five minutes into the third period, then netting the winner with nine minutes to play.

Now at 5-7-0-0 (won-lost-tied-overtime loss), the Devils are one point up on Grandview in fourth place in the Tom Shaw Conference.

The Devils will host the first place team in the Harold Brittain Conference, the 6-3-1-0 Abbotsford Pilots, Saturday at 6:45 p.m. in the Sungod Arena before visiting the 2-8-0-0 Port Moody Black Panthers next Monday.

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