Pilots win pair of games

Abbotsford posts wins over Langley and Port Moody

Abbotsford's Mitch Plevy fights for the puck off a face-off during PJHL action on Friday.

Abbotsford's Mitch Plevy fights for the puck off a face-off during PJHL action on Friday.

The Abbotsford Pilots kept rolling, posting wins on Thursday and Friday in the club’s quest for first place in the Harold Brittain conference.

The Pilots sit two points behind the first place Mission City Outlaws, with one game in hand, but the Outlaws have the edge in wins.

If the two clubs remain tied at the end of the Pacific Junior Hockey League season later this month, Mission would win the conference due to more wins.

Abbotsford kept their first-place dreams alive by beating the Langley Knights 9-3 on Thursday.

Francis Bamford opened the scoring for the Pilots, but Langley tied the game late in the first.

The Pilots took over in the second period, scoring six unanswered goals to walk away with the game.

Cole Methorst, Mateo Toledo, Jackson Waniek, Hayden Guilderson, Thomas Pickering and Alexander Methorst all tallied in the second frame.

Sean Olson and Erik Olson added a pair of goals in the third, with Langley also scoring twice.

The Methorst brothers each recorded four points in the win, and Pilots goalie Lucas Mills made 24 saves for his fourth win on the season.

Abbotsford then hosted the Port Moody Panthers on Friday, dispatching them 4-1.

Evan Walls got the Pilots on the board in the first, and Philip Gauthier gave Abbotsford a 2-0 lead early into the second.

The Panthers broke Pilots goalie Jacob Crawford’s shutout bid in the second, but Gauthier and Waniek added goals in the second to seal the win.

Crawford stopped 29 shots to post his 19th win on the season.

The Pilots record now stands at 27 wins, 10 losses, one tie and three overtime losses, and they sit in second place in the conference.

Abbotsford has three games left in the PJHL regular season, and has to hope for the Outlaws to lose or tie at least one of their remaining games for a chance to finish first.

The Pilots next host the Richmond Sockeyes on Friday at the MSA Arena. Face-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

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