After running second for much of the season, the Abbotsford Pilots have finally overhauled the Aldergrove Kodiaks for first place.
The Pilots knocked off the Kodiaks 8-5 in a wildly entertaining game at MSA Arena on Friday, and they capped a terrific weekend with a 3-2 overtime win on the road against the Delta Ice Hawks on Sunday.
The Pilots (27-13-2-0, 56 points) are one point up on the Kodiaks (26-12-2-1, 55 points) in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League’s Harold Brittain Conference standings, though Aldergrove does have one game in hand heading into the final week of the regular season.
Abbotsford wraps up the schedule with games against the Mission Icebreakers (Thursday, 7:45 p.m., Mission Leisure Centre) and the Ice Hawks (Friday, 7:30 p.m. MSA Arena), while the Kodiaks finish up against the North Vancouver Wolf Pack, the Port Moody Black Panthers, and the North Delta Devils.
On Friday against the Kodiaks, Pilots forward Riley Lamb led the way with a hat trick and two assists, while linemates Adam Rossi (one goal, four assists) and Kevin Lourens (two goals, two assists) also had big games. Chris Vinette and Brandon Daase also scored in the victory.
On Sunday, Lamb continued to hold the hot hand, scoring at 4:54 of OT to lift his team past the Ice Hawks. Lourens and Rossi scored in regulation, while goalie Riley Parker picked up his second straight win.