Pilots host first-place Richmond

The Abbotsford Pilots are rolling as they get set to face the PIJHL’s powerhouse Richmond Sockeyes on Friday night.

Abbotsford Pilot Kevin Lourens looks for a play from behind the goal line against the Grandview Steelers on Friday night at MSA Arena. Tomorrow night the Pilots meet the undefeated Richmond Sockeyes.

The Abbotsford Pilots are rolling as they get set to face the PIJHL’s powerhouse Richmond Sockeyes on Friday night.

The local Junior B squad had two convincing weekend wins to improve their record to 9-2, which is tops in the Harold Brittain Conference. In those 11 games they scored 51 goals, and allowed a stingy 27 against.

Impressive, but Richmond has been even more dominant. They lead the entire circuit with a perfect 11-0 record, and have racked up 76 goals while allowing a head shaking eight goals against.

They started the season with six consecutive shutout victories.

They meet for the first time on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at MSA Arena.

The Pilots are coming off a pair of weekend blowouts. Saturday they beat the North Vancouver Wolf Pack 5-1, as Dakota Schipper had a hat trick and added an assist for a four-point night. Adam Rossi and Luke Venema also scored, while goaltender Jordan Hospes made 23 of 24 saves for the win.

Friday they crushed the Grandview Steelers 7-1, and this time it was Colton Cowden with the hat trick.

Riley Lamb had three assists, and Schipper, Justin Dorey, Jarrett Martin and Kevin Lourens all scored.

In net, Riley Parker stopped 26 of 27 shots.

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