Abby Pilots dominate Surrey Knights

Abbotsford wins by a touchdown over Surrey on Friday

Pilots forward Carter Shannon avoids a Knights defender during PJHL action at MSA Arena on Friday.

The Abbotsford Pilots continued their strong push in December on Friday, with a 7-0 thrashing of the Surrey Knights.

At the 17th annual Teddy Bear Toss night, fans didn’t have to wait long to hurl a stuffed animal onto the ice, as Nate Castonguay opened the scoring at 6:56 of the first period.

The donated furry animals were then donated to the Salvation Army in Abbotsford to be given to children in need in time for the Christmas holidays.

The Pilots offence exploded in the second period with five goals, and five different players all lit the lamp.

Mateo Toledo, Brady Morton, Castonguay, Travis Halladay and Oliver Alcock all tallied in the middle frame to give Abbotsford a commanding 6-0 lead after two periods.

Castonguay made it a hat trick by scoring the lone goal in the third to make it a 7-0 win for the Pilots.

The Pilots fired 56 shots at the Knights goalie, while Abbotsford goalie Noah Giesbrecht made 26 saves for his second shutout and seventh win of the season.

Castonguay had a four-point night and was named the game’s first star, while Mitchell Plevy, Toledo and Noah Wiebe all had multi-point games.

Abbotsford remains in second place in the Harold Brittain conference after the win, with a record of 19 wins, nine losses and two overtime losses.

They sit eight points behind the first-place Aldergrove Kodiaks and eight points ahead of the third-place Ridge Meadows Flames.

The Pilots next host the Richmond Sockeyes on Friday. Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at the MSA Arena.

Friday’s game will be the final home game in 2016 for the Pilots, as they participate in the Pacific Junior Hockey League‘s New Year showcase event in Richmond from Jan. 1 to 3.

The Pilots take on the Flames on Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. and the Knights on Jan. 2 at 10 a.m. Both games occur at the Minoru Arena.

For more details on the games, visit pjhl.net.

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