Pilots goalie Liam Marshall stretches to make a save during Abbotsford’s game against the Port Moody Panthers on Friday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Pilots goalie Liam Marshall stretches to make a save during Abbotsford’s game against the Port Moody Panthers on Friday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford Pilots home unbeaten streak reaches nine games

Junior hockey club continue strong start to season

The Abbotsford Pilots home winning streak has now reached nine games after a 5-4 win over the Port Moody Panthers last Friday.

Abbotsford has a remarkable record of nine wins and no losses in Pacific Junior Hockey League regular season home games this season, and have a chance to make it 10 in a row against the Mission City Outlaws on Friday.

The Pilots set the tone early against the Panthers, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the first period. Jeremy Zomar, Mateo Toledo and Cameron Obenca all tallied for Abbotsford.

The Panthers fought back in the second, making it a 3-2 game after 40 minutes.

The teams then traded goals in the third, with Noah Wiebe giving the Pilots another two-goal lead, but Port Moody answered back with two straight goals to knot the game up. Toledo managed to net the game winner with just 57 seconds left in the game to seal the victory for Abbotsford.

Pilots goalie Liam Marshall made 19 saves to pick up his fourth win on the season.

Abbotsford’s overall win streak, which had run to eight games, was stopped on Sunday after a 2-1 loss to the Grandview Steelers in Burnaby on Sunday.

Prior to Sunday, the last time the Pilots lost a game was on Oct. 13. All of the scoring took place in the second period, with the Steelers going up 2-0, and Abbotsford’s Brady Morton notching the lone goal for the Pilots.

Gunnar Neilsen made 22 saves in a losing cause, while the Pilots allowed one power play goal on seven opportunities for the Steelers.

Abbotsford remains comfortably on top of the PJHL’s Harold Brittain conference, with a record of 15 wins, four losses and two overtime losses.

The Pilots next travel to Surrey to take on the Knights on Thursday, before hosting Mission on Friday. The Pilots then host the Knights on Nov. 24.

For more on the team, visit abbotsfordpilots.com.