The Pilots had no answer for Knights goalie Zakery Babin, who stopped all 49 shots he faced to help Surrey win. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford Pilots suffer historic loss to Surrey Knights

Two-year losing streak for Knights ends at MSA Arena

The Abbotsford Pilots were on the wrong side of history on Friday night.

For the first time in over two years, the Surrey Knights won a hockey game and downed the Pilots 2-0 at the MSA Arena.

The Knights’ last win prior to Friday was back on Nov. 19, 2015, when the team was based out of Langley.

The losing streak lasted 89 games, and the club’s lengthy futility became national news.

Knights goalie Zakery Babin stood on his head in the win, as the Pilots outshot Surrey 49-12.

The Knights scored on the power play at 15:14 of the first period, and then added an empty-net goal with 20 seconds left to secure the historical win.

“It felt like we had just won the Stanley Cup,” said Surrey head coach Spencer McHaffie. “This was our Stanley Cup. I’ve never seen guys on the bench so happy before.

“After the game, the guys were just going nuts.”

The Pilots struggled in Aldergrove, as the club fell 5-4 in overtime to the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

The back-and-forth game saw Aldergrove lead 1-0 after one, and then go up 3-1 after 40 minutes. Abbotsford’s Cameron Obcena got the Pilots on the board in the middle frame.

Abbotsford roared back in the third, scoring three unanswered goals to go up 4-3, but the Kodiaks sent the game to overtime with a goal at 18:07 of the third.

Justin Peaker, Jeremy Zomar and Ryan MacDonald all tallied goals for the Pilots in the third.

Aldergrove clinched the win with a goal at 4:16 in overtime to send the Pilots back home with a loss.

The Pilots next host the Langley Trappers tonight (Friday) at 7:30 p.m. They then travel across the Fraser River to battle the Mission City Outlaws on Saturday. Faceoff for that game occurs at 6:45 p.m. at the Mission Leisure Centre.

For more on the team, visit abbotsford pilots.com.

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