The Langley Knights have been eviscerating opposing defences this season.
Wins such as Thursdayâ€™s, in which the Knights outscored the visiting Delta Ice Hawks 9-6, are beginning to become commonplace at the George Preston Recreation Centre.
The Knights have now scored a staggering 40 goals in their five home games this season, an average of eight per contest.
Their most recent victory gives the Knights a 6-3 record, tops in the Pacific Junior Hockey Leagueâ€™s Harold Brittain Conference.
Langley is riding a three-game win streak and is undefeated on home ice.
With 55 goals in nine games, one more than the Tom Shaw Conference-leading Richmond Sockeyes, the Knights are the highest scoring team in the PJHL.
Knights 9, Delta Ice Hawks 6
Langley forward Carson Rose had a monster game against the Ice Hawks, scoring five of his teamâ€™s nine goals.
Colin Catchpole tallied twice for the Knights, with Darien Craighead (who also had three assists) and Jacob Fricks rounding out the Langley goal-scorers.
Oliver Alcock had three assists for the Knights, who led 6-5 after two periods before outscoring the Ice Hawks 3-1 during the final frame.
Knights 5, Aldergrove Kodiaks 4 (overtime)
The Knights worked overtime on Wednesday to edge the Kodiaks in the first ever meeting between the new junior B hockey cross-town rivals.
Levi De Waalâ€™s power play goal 47 seconds into the first overtime period lifted the Knights to a 5-4 win at Aldergrove Arena.
â€œIt could have gone either way,â€ Kodiaks associate coach and general manager Rick Harkins said.
A tripping call on Aldergrove defenceman Wyatt Versluis with 1:06 to go in regulation proved to be the difference, as his penalty time spilled into the extra session.
â€œThe call was a bit iffy against us late,â€ Harkins said. â€œThat gave them a power play that sealed our fate.â€
The winning marker capped a four-goal night for the 20-year-old De Waal, an Aldergrove native who is off to a scintillating start to his final season of junior B hockey.
â€œHeâ€™s a kid who has stayed the course for four years, now, and is getting rewarded for all of his hard work,â€ Knights head coach John Craighead said.
In terms of De Waalâ€™s future, Craighead said, â€œI think thatâ€™s entirely up to Levi. Heâ€™s got good size [6â€™4â€ 185 pounds], heâ€™s a power guy with a good touch. The skyâ€™s the limit for him, but donâ€™t forget â€“ heâ€™s playing with a lot of good guys who are helping him. Levi is not a one man show. Heâ€™s not the Langley Knights.â€
The Knightsâ€™ Tristan Craighead opened the scoring 5:36 into the first period.
The visitors looked as though they were going to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission courtesy of a pair of goals from De Waal, however Aldergroveâ€™s Aaron Markin scored with a second to go in the opening frame to narrow the home teamâ€™s deficit to 3-2.
The Kodiaks rallied during the second period, outshooting the Knights 18-7 while scoring an even strength goal from Quinncy Leroux and a power play marker off the stick of Jordan Funk with 3:09 remaining in the middle frame to take a 4-3 lead into the second intermission.
Harkins was impressed with his teamâ€™s resiliency: â€œComing back from a two-goal deficit, I was pretty impressed. They are a bit of an older team than us and they took it to us early, going up 2-0 pretty quick. It shows a lot of character for us, not giving in. When youâ€™re young like that, it would have been very easy to go away, but we dug in and played hard and got a single point out of it. It was a good exciting game for the fans.â€
De Waal tied the game at 4-4 when he scored 3:30 into the third period.
The rest of the game was scoreless, setting up the overtime period.
Dryden Wust had the other goal for the Kodiaks, who outshot the Knights 34-25 through three periods and overtime.
Craighead was happy with his teamâ€™s play, not just on Wednesday but overall, as well.
â€œIâ€™ve been happy with the effort in all our games,â€ Craighead said. â€œWe werenâ€™t expecting anything less other than a win [against the Kodiaks]. Anything else would be a disappointment, just like our approach to every game.â€
That said, Craighead gave the Kodiaks a lot of credit. The defending PJHL champions have 16 rookies, including both of their goaltenders, on their roster and heading into their game versus Ridge Meadows on Friday, have a respectable 3-3-1-2 record.
â€œThey are basically playing with 17 and 18 year olds,â€ Craighead said.
Referring to Harkins, Craighead said, â€œHeâ€™s done a great job, there.â€
For his part, Harkins is loving the Aldergrove/Langley rivalry.
â€œItâ€™s been such a great change, and no disrespect to North Delta, but they werenâ€™t drawing a fan base,â€ Harkins said (the Knights relocated to Langley from North Delta during the off-season). â€œIt was such a long drive [to North Delta] for everybody. With Langley, itâ€™s a built-in rivalry between the two teams and it makes the league that much better. Johnâ€™s got a good organization, there. What theyâ€™ve done so far is really impressive and I hope it continues.â€
ICE CHIPS: Special teams have made a difference for the Knights. They have the top-ranked powerplay amongst the 10 PJHL teams, scoring a 31.37 per cent clip.