Pilots continue point streak

Abbotsford junior hockey team earns three of possible four points over weekend

Pilots forward Mitchell Plevy fires a shot at the Sockeyes goalie during PJHL action on Friday.

Pilots forward Mitchell Plevy fires a shot at the Sockeyes goalie during PJHL action on Friday.

The Abbotsford Pilots point streak continued during two games over the weekend.

Abbotsford fell 5-4 in overtime on Friday at home to the Richmond Sockeyes, and then bounced back by becoming the first team so far this season to beat the Grandview Steelers in regulation time on Sunday.

Sunday’s game saw the Pilots down the Steelers 3-1, and they clinched the win with a pair of third period goals. Pilots captain Mitchell Plevy opened the scoring at 10:23, but two minutes later the Steelers tied the game up.

After a scoreless second period, Mateo Toledo scored his league-leading 12th goal with a shorthanded marker at 2:53. It’s been an incredible start to the season for Toledo, who scored 12 goals in 41 games last season. Jackson Waniek added an empty net goal with four seconds remaining to give the Pilots a little insurance.

Pilots goalie Jacob Crawford made 33 saves to record his fifth win of the Pacific Junior Hockey League season.

Friday’s game saw the Pilots 4-1 lead evaporate in the third, and the Sockeyes scored 33 seconds into overtime to steal the win.

Richmond got on the scoreboard first, but the Pilots had goals from Plevy and Cobin Genge to have a 2-1 lead after one.

Kenessary Kylyshbek and Kolby Steen added goals in the second period to build up the lead to 4-1. Richmond scored goals at 4:36, 11:20 and 17:58 of the third to even the game and win in overtime.

Crawford made 30 saves in the loss, and the Pilots scored one power play goal, while killing off all six times they were shorthanded.

Abbotsford’s record now sits at seven wins, two losses and one overtime loss, and they are in second place in the Harold Brittain conference.

The Pilots hit the road on Friday for a game against the Ridge Meadows Flames, and then hit the river for their annual fishing derby on Saturday and Sunday.

The 17th annual Gary Graber/Richard Newton Memorial Fishing Derby invites anglers to camp and fish on the Vedder River, with prizes and other activities.

They also celebrate Hockey Day in Abbotsford on Oct. 29.

Fans are invited to come to the parking lot at Envision Credit Union on Sumas Way to play road hockey with the Pilots, win prizes, ticket giveaways and more.

Just Posted

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

Kalyn Head, seen here on June 4, 2021, will be running 100 kilometres for her “birthday marathon” fundraiser on July 23. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Woman’s 100-km birthday marathon from Chilliwack to Abbotsford will benefit Special Olympics B.C.

Kalyn Head hopes run raises awareness, advocates for inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities

Dancers from the Sts’ailes First Nation perform the eagle dance at a welcome banner dedication ceremony on Thursday, June 10. “Ey Swayel” is a Halq̓eméylem term translated as ‘a good day.’ (Adam Louis/Observer)
VIDEO: ‘A good day’ for Agassiz school as Sts’ailes welcome banner is dedicated

Banner hangs above the school’s entrance, welcoming students, staff and visitors

Missing Abbotsford man Adam Hobbs was found deceased on Thursday evening (June 17).
Body of missing Abbotsford man Adam Hobbs found

Hobbs was reported missing Monday after leaving his job site in Langley

UFV athletes were honoured for their strength and perseverance during the pandemic. (UFV photo)
Fraser Valley athletes recognized in year without sports

UFV Cascades athletes honoured for strength shown during the pandemic

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
Drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250-hectare wildfire in B.C.

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Surrey Fire Service battled a dock fire along the Fraser River late Friday night (June 18). It was on Musqueam Drive, near Industrial Road, around 10:45 p.m. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
VIDEO: Fire engulfs pier on Surrey side of the Fraser River

Dock has reportedly been unused for a long time

People in Metro Vancouver can expect to experience a short wave of heat just in time for Father’s Day, according to Environment Canada. (Black Press Media files)
Short-lived heatwave headed for Metro Vancouver this weekend

Temperatures are expected to be up to 10 degrees higher than average Sunday and Monday

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read