Pilots fend off Panthers’ comeback, force Game 7

The Abbotsford Pilots weathered a rally by the Port Moody Black Panthers on Monday to force a seventh game in their best-of-seven playoff series tonight.

The Abbotsford Pilots weathered a rally by the Port Moody Black Panthers on Monday to force a seventh game in their best-of-seven playoff series tonight.

Goals by Kevin Lourens, Adam Rossi, Riley Lamb and Brad Parker staked the Pilots to a 4-0 lead early in the second period at Port Moody Arena, but the Panthers came roaring back.

Tyler Basham, Cameron Patterson and James Benz scored for the hosts as they drew to within a goal. But Pilots goalie Brad Anderson slammed the door over the latter half of the third period, as Abbotsford knotted the series 3-3.

Game 7 goes tonight (Tuesday) at MSA Arena, with the opening puck drop set for 7 p.m.