Pilots extend win streak

Abbotsford wins third straight game, battles Panthers on Friday

Abbotsford's Thomas Pickering battles for the puck with a Mission defender during PJHL action on Friday.

Make the winning streak three for the Abbotsford Pilots.

The Pilots continued a hot streak, picking up wins on Friday at home and Sunday in Burnaby against Grandview.

The pair of wins were over the top two teams in the PJHL and Pilots head coach Jim Cowden is liking what he’s seeing from his team.

“We have a young team but to be where we are right now I’m pretty happy,” he said. “We have the best goals against in the league, the best penalty killing in the league and our special teams have been solid all year.”

Abbotsford exacted some revenge on rivals the Mission City Outlaws on home on Friday, picking up a 4-1 win. Mission took down Abbotsford in overtime earlier this year, and the Pilots jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second period to notch the win.

Alexander Methorst scored a pair of goals for the Pilots, with Justin Peaker and Dryden Michaud also contributing. Forward Hayden Guilderson picked up three assists, and Sean Olson had a pair of helpers. The Pilots went two for eight on the power play and killed off all six instances they were shorthanded. Abbotsford goalie Jacob Crawford stopped 38 of 39 shots.

Cowden said it was one of the team’s better performances this season.

“I thought we played well, other than in the second period when we turned the pick over a little too much for about five or six minutes,” he said. “But we were in control all night and from our defence to our goaltending to our forwards, I thought we played a good team game.”

After beating the best team in the Harold Brittain Conference in Mission, the Pilots then beat the best team in the Tom Shaw Conference, the Grandview Steelers, 6-1 on Sunday.

Abbotsford scored five unanswered goals to put a stranglehold on the game. Hayden Guilderson (two), Cole Methorst, Erik Olson, Sean Olson and Michaud all scored for the Pilots. Alexander Methorst had three assists, and the Pilots went one for eight on the power play. Crawford stopped 28 of 29 shots in the win.

The weekend improved the Pilots to a record of eight wins, five losses and one overtime loss and they sit in second place in the Brittain Conference.

Abbotsford looks to extend the streak to four, when they have a home and home Halloween back-to-back with the Port Moody Panthers. The Pilots host at the MSA Arena on Friday, with a 7:30 p.m. face-off. The teams then travel to Port Moody for a date on Halloween night.

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