Pilots pick up overtime win

Abbotsford splits pair of weekend games, remain in second

Pilots goalie Jacob Crawford smothers the puck during PJHL action on Friday.

Pilots goalie Jacob Crawford smothers the puck during PJHL action on Friday.

The Abbotsford Pilots almost let one slip away on Friday, but saved the game in overtime against the Ridge Meadows Flames.

Abbotsford saw a third-period two-goal lead vanish, as the Flames came back from a 4-2 deficit to send the game to overtime with just over a minute left in the final frame.

Cole Methorst then potted the game winner at 4:50 of overtime to give the Pilots the two points.

Also scoring for the Pilots were: Devon Becker, Dryden Michaud and Jackson Waniek (two). Methorst (four), Michaud (three), Waniek and Becker all had multi-point nights for the Pilots.

Goalie Jacob Crawford made 40 saves in the win, and neither team connected on a power play goal.

Abbotsford travelled to North Vancouver on Saturday to play the Wolf Pack, and came up short against the defending Pacific Junior Hockey League champions.

The Pilots fell 3-0, and only managed to muster 16 shots. After a scoreless first period, North Vancouver added goals early in the second and third periods, before scoring an empty netter in the game’s final minutes. Abbotsford was zero for five on the power play, but Crawford was solid in the loss, making 24 saves.

The pair of games keeps the Pilots entrenched in second place in the Harold Brittain conference, with a record of 13 wins, seven losses and one overtime loss.

Abbotsford next hits the road on Thursday to face the Langley Knights, and then host the Wolf Pack on Friday. Face-off is set for 7:30 p.m at the MSA Arena.