Pilots let lead slip away

The Abbotsford Pilots coughed up a pair of three-goal leads en route to an overtime loss to the Port Moody Black Panthers on Friday.

Pilots forward Luke Venema puts pressure on Port Moody defenceman Cameron Patterson on the forecheck.

The Abbotsford Pilots coughed up a pair of three-goal leads en route to an overtime loss on home ice to the Port Moody Black Panthers on Friday.

The Pilots held leads of 3-0 and 4-1 at MSA Arena, but the visitors rallied, and tied the score 4-4 on Julian Klaric’s power-play goal with 1:47 left in regulation.

The Panthers finished the job in OT, and Trevor Kang scored at the 2:07 mark.

Jarrett Martin scored twice in the loss for Abbotsford, while Travis Grewal and Ryan Stewart added singles. Goalie Aaron Oakley took the loss, allowing five goals on 36 shots.

The loss, plus a pair of wins by the Aldergrove Kodiaks late last week, dropped the Pilots down to second in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League’s Harold Brittain Conference. At 13-6-1-0, they’re three points back of the Kodiaks.

The Pilots are back in action on Thursday, when they visit the Mission Icebreakers (7:45 p.m., Mission Leisure Centre). They host the North Vancouver Wolf Pack on Friday (7:30 p.m., MSA Arena).

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