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Kodiaks flying high as 2012 comes to close

Aldergrove Kodiaks Ryan Simpson (left) and Delta Ice Hawks Ryan Procyshyn battle for the puck in a 3-2 Kodiaks win last week (Dec. 19) at Aldergrove Arena. The Kodiaks finished off 2012 on a hot streak, winning seven straight games. The team returns to action Jan. 2. - Harry Hunt/Black Press
Aldergrove Kodiaks Ryan Simpson (left) and Delta Ice Hawks Ryan Procyshyn battle for the puck in a 3-2 Kodiaks win last week (Dec. 19) at Aldergrove Arena. The Kodiaks finished off 2012 on a hot streak, winning seven straight games. The team returns to action Jan. 2.
— image credit: Harry Hunt/Black Press

The Aldergrove Kodiaks are sad to see 2012 come to an end.

The junior B hockey club scored a 3-2 victory over the visiting Delta Ice Hawks on Dec. 19 at the Aldergrove Arena, the team’s seventh straight victory, which includes a perfect month of December (6-0).

Against the Ice Hawks, Roshen Jaswal scored a power play goal with nine minutes to play, snapping a 2-2 tie.

Tyson Solotki and Stephen Ryan had staked the Kodiaks to a 2-0 lead with goals 39 seconds apart in the first period.

Delta chipped away at the lead with a goal from Tanner Gattinger in the second period and then Michael Olson-Eyre at the nine-minute mark of the third.

But the Kodiaks were given a four-minute power play and made the most of their opportunity.

Mark Meniccuci stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced.

The win improved Aldergrove to 17-11-1-0 while the loss was just the eighth this season in 30 games for Delta.

In Aldergrove’s two previous games, they defeated the Richmond Sockeyes 5-3 and the Mission City Outlaws 6-2.

The Sockeyes are the top team in the entire PIJHL with 43 points.

The Kodiaks trailed 3-2 early in the third period, but rallied back to score three times to defeat Mission.

A big reason for the team’s success is in goal as Mark Meniccuci has put up some outstanding numbers.

The goaltender leads the league in save percentage at .935 and is second in goals against at 2.18.

The Kodiaks are in the middle of their holiday break and return to action on Jan. 2 when they host the North Vancouver Wolf Pack. That game is at 715 p.m. at Aldergrove Arena.

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