Abbotsford never trailed in the game, and scored just minutes into the game. Rookie Corbin Genge made it 2-0 game with 5:30 left in the first, scoring his first ever PJHL goal. Delta added a late goal to cut the lead in half after one period.
Mateo Toledo deflected a shot from the point on the power play to put the Pilots up 3-1 in the second period. Both teams traded chances, but it turned out to be the only score in the middle frame.
The Ice Hawks stormed back in the third, scoring a power play and short handed goal to even the game up with 9:30 remaining. However, the Pilots would squeeze one by the Ice Hawks goalie with six minutes left. Jackson Waniek was credited with the game winner.
The three stars of the game were goalie Jacob Crawford, forward Kolby Steen and Toledo.
Pilots head coach Jim Cowden noted that his team was only playing with four defenceman, as injuries and other commitments led two rearguards to miss Friday’s game.
“We were tired at times tonight,” he said. “It’s hard to play with just four d at this level, but I think they played well.”
Cowden said the team is still learning its systems, but he liked what he saw from Friday.
Read Wednesday’s print edition of the Abbotsford News for more on this game.