March 4, 2016
The North Van Wolf Pack entered the first round of the PJHL playoffs as the favourite to win the Tom Shaw conference.
They had finished the season with 67 points, winning the regular season title for the second straight season.
Unfortunately, unlike last season, the Wolf Pack weren’t able to translate that regular season success into the playoffs, as they were eliminated by the Delta Ice Hawks in round one.
It was the third straight year the Wolf Pack faced the Ice Hawks in the first round, and the Pack were victorious the previous two times.
This time around, the Ice Hawks were able to take out the Wolf Pack in six games.
Here’s a game-by-game summary of the series (Hawks outscored the Pack 25-11 in the series)”
|Tue, Feb. 16||7:35P||North Van Wolf Pack||0||Delta Ice Hawks||5||Ladner Leisure Centre|
|Fri, Feb. 19||7:45P||Delta Ice Hawks||9||North Van Wolf Pack||3||Harry Jerome Rec Centre|
|Sat, Feb. 20||7:00P||Delta Ice Hawks||2||North Van Wolf Pack||1||Harry Jerome Rec Centre|
|Tue, Feb. 23||7:35P||North Van Wolf Pack||4||Delta Ice Hawks||0||Ladner Leisure Centre|
|Sat, Feb. 27||7:00P||Delta Ice Hawks||6||North Van Wolf Pack||7||Harry Jerome Rec Centre|
|Sun, Feb. 28||6:30P||North Van Wolf Pack||0||Delta Ice Hawks||3||Ladner Leisure Centre|
The Ice Hawks were one of the hottest teams to end the season, and they continued that into their match-up against the Wolf Pack, winning the first three games. The Pack were able to win games four and five, but couldn’t find the back of the net in a 3-0 loss in game six.
The Delta Ice Hawks advance to the Tom Shaw finals to take on the Grandview Steelers.
In the Harrold Brittain finals, the Mission City Outlaws (who came back from 3-0 in round 1) will take on the red hot Abbotsford Pilots. The two conference winners will advance to the PJHL final and also advance to the Cyclone Taylor Cup.
The Wolf Pack now have an eye to next season, where they’ll face the annual challenge of assembling a competitive team with a number of players from the current roster set to move on.
The Pack will also be looking to ‘three-peat’ and take home the PJHL title for a third straight season, but they’ll have to do so without a number of core players, including Ram Brar, Mitchell Cobby, and Nyshan Basra.
In addition to the players, the Pack’s play-by-play announcer Mantar Bhandal has made the difficult decision to move on from the team. B
After another great regular season, it’s tough to see it all come to an end in a six-game series.
But knowing the Wolf Pack, they’ll be back just as big and strong next year. Stay tuned, North Van.