Kolins lifts Pilots to OT win

The Abbotsford Pilots dominated the Port Moody Black Panthers in many respects on Friday at MSA Arena, but it took until overtime to finally subdue the pesky visitors.

Kyle Star of the Pilots swats at a loose puck in front of Port Moody goalie Nicholas Taylor.

Kyle Star of the Pilots swats at a loose puck in front of Port Moody goalie Nicholas Taylor.

The Abbotsford Pilots dominated the Port Moody Black Panthers in many respects on Friday at MSA Arena, but it took until overtime to finally subdue the pesky visitors.

With Luke Venema screening in front, Brett Kolins hammered a point shot past Panthers goalie Nicholas Taylor 35 seconds into OT to lift the Pilots to a 6-5 victory. It was the Pilots’ 58th shot of the evening, compared to just 29 for Port Moody.

“As far as territorial play, we were the better team,” Pilots head coach Jim Cowden said. “It’s encouraging.”

Kevin Lourens paced the Pilots offence with two goals and one assist, while Riley Lamb picked up three helpers. Justin Dorey, Scott Rae-Douglas and Brad Parker also scored for Abbotsford, while goalie Riley Parker made 24 saves for the win.

The Pilots (2-1-0) host a pair of games at MSA Arena this weekend – Friday vs. the Aldergrove Kodiaks (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday vs. the Ridge Meadows Flames (7 p.m.).

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