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.

Just Posted

VIDEO: ‘Spiderghini’ stopping in Abbotsford for Avengers: Endgame

Highstreet Shopping Centre displaying Spiderman-designed Lamborghini for movie premiere

COLUMN: Make positive change for marginalized groups, not despite them

Drug policies have a long history of at best ignoring and at worst targeting vulnerable communities

Abbotsford youth gang prevention program gets provincial funding

But just $1 million over three years is far below In It Together’s previous $1.6-million annual funds

Fraser Health reminds parents to get their kids fully vaccinated against measles

Health authority will send letters home to parents with catch-up program information

Province pledges $25 million to build new Eagle Mountain elementary school

New school for 460 students to be completed by fall of 2022, province says

What’s age got to do with it? B.C. couple with 45-year gap talks happy marriage

An Armstrong couple that has 45-year age gap began turning heads after being featured on show Extreme Love.

WATCH: South Vancouver Island shooting an ‘isolated and targeted’ incident, say police

One person in custody, another fled following shooting and crash on West Shore

Woe, Canada: Bruins down Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7

No Canadian teams left in Stanley Cup playoffs

Defence accuses officer of ‘incompetence’ in trial for B.C. man accused in daughters’ murder

Double murder trial for the Victoria father accused of killing his two young daughters continues

Should B.C. parents receive money if they make sure their kids are vaccinated?

New survey looks at public opinion around government’s role in forcing immunizations

Olympic auditions return to Lower Mainland

Event an opportunity for unknown athletes to shine and, maybe, change sports

B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s secret no-fly list

Parvkar Singh Dulai says he received a “denial of boarding” notification under the no-fly program last May 17

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

B.C. pedophile wins appeal after violating court order

Kelly Glen Isbister’s sentence was cut by the BC Court of Appeal

Most Read