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Delta talent leads visiting Sockeyes past Ice Hawks

Ladner rookie Matthew Stewart paces Sockeyes with a goal and an assist
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Leading scorer Alex Lucchesi and the Delta Ice Hawks return to action Tuesday when the North Vancouver Wolf Pack visit Ladner at 7:35 p.m.

There was plenty of local flavor on the score sheet Tuesday night at the Ladner Leisure Centre, but that wasn’t necessarily all good news for the hometown team.

Garrett Wicks, Matthew Stewart and Lukas Olson combined for six points to lead the visiting Richmond Sockeyes to a 7-2 victory over the Delta Ice Hawks in Pacific Junior Hockey League action.

Wicks followed the path of his older brother to the Sockeyes organization where he is now in his final year of junior and one of the team’s key veterans. Stewart and Olson are both local products who co-captained the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League’s Greater Vancouver Canadians during the 2019/20 season.

Stewart, 18, was also drafted by the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants and participated in the team’s recent training camp in Ladner where he was among the scorers in the Legends wrap-up game.

Stewart and Wicks each had a goal and an assist, while Olson chipped in with a pair of helpers as the Sockeyes erased a 1-0 first period deficit with seven unanswered goals, including a pair just 62 seconds apart in the final frame.

Dalton MacGillivray and Ryan Bayley scored for the Hawks who fell to 1-1-0-1 on the season. Dawson Chen turned aside 24 of 31 shots before making way for North Delta affiliate Jacob Zillich who was perfect in relief with 18 saves.

The Hawks were coming off a 6-4 road victory last Saturday in Port Moody. It was more local talent leading the way as Alex Lucchesi scored twice and added an assist. He is one of nine players from Delta currently on the team’s roster.

Other goals were scored by JJ Milne, Luca Redford, Billy Johal and captain Alec Scouras. Chen made 30 saves.

The Hawks are back in action Tuesday when the North Vancouver Wolf Pack visit Ladner at 7:35 p.m.