Abbotsford Pilots and Mission City Outlaws players scramble for the puck in front of the Abbotsford net during PJHL action on Friday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford Pilots continue up-and-down season

PJHL club wins in Langley, shutout on home ice by Mission

The Abbotsford Pilots’ up-and-down regular season continued in form last week.

The Pilots took down the Langley Trappers 4-2 in Langley on Wednesday, but then were blanked 3-0 on home ice by the Mission City Outlaws on Friday.

Wednesday’s game saw the Pilots explode for four goals in the first period to cruise to the win.

Austin Moar, Hunter Brown (two) and Sahvan Gill all tallied for Abbotsford. All three players also had multi-point nights in the win.

The Pilots outshot the Trappers 36-27, and Abbotsford goalie Brock Machholz made 25 saves to earn his seventh win this season.

The Outlaws took the lead in Friday’s game just 22 seconds into the contest, and the Pilots couldn’t solve Mission goalie Isaac Elias.

Mission went up 2-0 after 20 minutes and then added a late goal. Penalties became a bit of an issue for the Pilots, as they were shorthanded seven times, allowing one power play goal, compared to just four times shorthanded for the Outlaws.

Pilots players Jake Dowell, Moar and Dylan Campbell had 19, 17 and 15 total penalty minutes respectively. Campbell also received a one-game suspension for being assessed a game misconduct in the game’s last 10 minutes. Mission’s Tristan Takats received the same punishment, but has also been suspended an additional game for his second instigator penalty this season.

Abbotsford was outshot 37-28 in the loss, and Machholz was solid between the pipes, stopping 34 shots.

The Pilots’ record moves to 8-13 after the loss, and the team is tied for fourth place in the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s Harold Brittain Conference with the Aldergrove Kodiaks.

The club next hosts the Kodiaks on Friday.

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