The Abbotsford Pilots swarmed Mission goalie Jared Knott on Tuesday

The Abbotsford Pilots swarmed Mission goalie Jared Knott on Tuesday

Pilots shoot down Outlaws in playoff opener

The Abbotsford Pilots opened the playoffs where they left off at the end of the regular season.

The Abbotsford Pilots opened the playoffs where they left off at the end of the regular season.

The local junior B hockey club, winners of five in a row heading into the post-season, turned in a dominant effort in a 5-1 win over the Mission City Outlaws on Tuesday at MSA Arena.

The Pilots out-shot the Outlaws 46-15, claiming a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series in the process.

Abbotsford got goals from five different players – Christopher Vinette, Brady Lawlor, Justin Klimek, Michael Tebbutt and Adam Rossi – while Brandon Daase picked up three assists.

Goalie Aaron Oakley made 14 saves in the win, with Travis Park’s second-period shot the lone puck to slip past him.

Game 2 goes Thursday at the Mission Leisure Centre at 7:15 p.m.

The balance of the series schedule is as follows:

Game 3 – Friday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., MSA Arena

Game 4 – Sunday, Feb. 24, 6:15 p.m., Mission Leisure Centre

*Game 5 – Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., MSA Arena

*Game 6 – Thursday, Feb. 28, 7:15 p.m., Mission Leisure Centre

*Game 7 – Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., MSA Arena

* = if necessary