Pilots forward Cameron Obcena chases a loose puck during PJHL action on Friday. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford Pilots post pair of wins

Captain Baylee Wright crosses century mark in points

The Abbotsford Pilots created a little more breathing room atop the Harold Brittain conference with a pair of wins on Friday and Saturday.

The club took down the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s top team – the North Vancouver Wolf Pack – with a 5-3 win thanks to a four-goal third period on home ice on Friday.

Captain Baylee Wright scored the lone goal in the opening period, but North Vancouver took over with a pair of goals in the second.

The Pilots responded early in the third, with a pair of power play goals by Thomas Pickering and Sean McCracken to go up 3-2, but the Wolf Pack tied the game back up moments later. Jacob De Waal and McCracken on a shorthanded empty net goal made it a 5-3 final.

Abbotsford’s penalty killing was the big difference in the third, as the team killed off back-to-back situations where they were down two men. The Pilots killed five of six penalties overall in the game.

Pilots goalie Aidan Taylor, a pickup from the Delta Ice Hawks, made 25 saves in his first start with the club.

Head coach Jim Cowden said it was an important win.

“They’re a top team,” he said, of the Wolf Pack. “I thought we played fairly well and our defence especially played well. It was a good team game, but we still have a lot of work to do.”

The Pilots then traveled to White Rock on Saturday and blanked the Whalers 4-0. Wright was in on all four Pilots goals (three goals and one assist) and Taylor earned the shutout.

De Waal recorded the other Pilots goal, and Cameron Obcena collected two assists.

Wright’s first goal on Saturday marked him cracking the 100 point plateau, and he is the first player to reach the century mark since 1999.

He now has 103 points in 35 games this season. The Pilots improve to 23-10-1-1, and now are seven points up on the second place Langley Trappers.

Abbotsford takes on the Surrey Knights on the road on Thursday, and then host the Delta Ice Hawks on Friday. Face-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at MSA Arena.

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