Junior B Tier1 Islanders make it five straight wins

Big second period leads Delta past Victoria to improve to 8-4-0 on the season

A big seven goal second period powered the Delta Junior “B” Tier One Islanders to their fifth straight win on Sunday night at the Ladner Leisure Centre.

Keegan Kozack had seven points, including four goals, as the Islanders produced an impressive 11-5 victory over the second place Victoria Shamrocks to improve to 8-4-0 on the season. They also pulled within four points of Victoria with two games in hand.

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The game was tied at 2-2 when the Islanders took control by scoring eight of the next nine goals. Kozack’s hat trick led the outburst while B.C. Junior “B” Tier One Lacrosse League scoring lead Ben McDonald had a goal and an assist. Lucas Hooymans, Quinn Ridley and Devyn Zunti, with a pair, had the other goals.

Peyton Hooper rounded out the Islanders’ scoring while Ashton Leclair made 35 saves.

The result came two nights after Delta rallied for an 11-10 win over the Burrards in Maple Ridge.

The Islanders erased a 9-7 deficit with four unanswered third period goals. McDonald led the comeback with a pair and finished the night with five.

Zunti added a goal and four assists. Peyton Hooper chipped in with a pair while singles went to Max Yingling, Jackson Tutkaluke and Kozack. Leclair made 49 saves.

Delta returns to action on Friday when the Burnaby Lakes visit the Ladner Leisure Centre at 8:30 p.m.

It was also a Delta and Victoria match-up in B.C. Junior “A” action on Saturday in Ladner.

The visitors blitzed the hosts for 13 unanswered goals and cruised to a 19-4 victory, dropping the Islanders record on the season to 3-9-0. 

Mark Yingling’s goal with 2:16 remaining in the opening period cut the deficit to 6-3. However, the Islanders would not score again until Yingling added his second of the night at the 18:50 mark of the third period — a goalless drought of nearly 40 minutes.

Victoria scored nine straight in the second and four more in the third to improve to 9-4-0 on the season. 

The Shamrocks were led by Austin Madronic with eight points, including a hat trick. He is coming off his freshman season at Harvard where he was a two-time Ivy League rookie-of-the-week. 

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