Pilots to host Game 1 of PIJHL finals

The Abbotsford Pilots host the opening game of the Pacific International Junior Hockey League final against the Richmond Sockeyes on Friday.

The Sockeyes, who finished first overall in the PIJHL with a 37-5-4 record during the regular season, needed seven games to dispose of the Delta Ice Hawks in the Tom Shaw Conference finals. They finished off the Hawks with a 3-2 win in Wednesday’s Game 7.

The Pilots, who also needed seven games to defeat the Port Moody Black Panthers in the Harold Brittain Conference final, host Game 1 of the best-of-seven championship series on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at MSA Arena.

The balance of the schedule is as follows.

Game 2 – Saturday, March 19, 5:45 p.m. at Richmond Arena

Game 3 – Monday, March 21, 7 p.m. at Richmond Arena

Game 4 – Tuesday, March 22, 7 p.m. at Abbotsford Recreation Centre

Game 5* – Thursday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. at Richmond Arena

Game 6* – Friday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. at MSA Arena

Game 7* – Sunday, March 27, 5:45 p.m. at Richmond Arena

*if necessary