Pilots suffer first loss of season

Abbotsford falls 5-4 to Delta Ice Hawks at MSA Arena

Sean Olson of the Pilots leaps over a defender to grab the puck during PJHL action in Abbotsford on Friday.

Sean Olson of the Pilots leaps over a defender to grab the puck during PJHL action in Abbotsford on Friday.

By Ben Lypka, Abbotsford News

The Abbotsford Pilots ran into a hot goalie against the Delta Ice Hawks on Friday night.

Ice Hawks goalie Jacob Latrace stopped 52 of 56 shots fired at him to lead Delta to a 5-4 win over Abbotsford at the MSA Arena on Friday.

The loss was the first setback of the 2015-16 season for Abbotsford.

Pilots head coach Jim Cowden said he liked his team’s performance but they couldn’t solve Latrace when they needed to.

“I thought we played well as a team but unfortunately their goalie played outstanding and he won them the game,” he said. “He was the difference.”

Abbotsford opened the scoring early, with Shawn Olson potting a goal and then Mitchell Plevy added a power play goal for the Pilots. Delta fought back to make it 2-1 but then Phillip Gauthtier put Abbotsford up by two again. Delta scored again to end the period 3-2 for Abbotsford.

The teams traded goals and leads in the second period but the Ice Hawks outscored Abbotsford 3-1 in the second and carried the 5-4 lead throughout the third period to skate away with the win.

The Pilots take on the Port Moody Panthers in Port Moody on Saturday to close out the weekend.

Read the print edition of the Abbotsford News for the full story and details from Saturday’s game.