Wright, Pilots crush Surrey Knights

Abbotsford destroys Surrey 17-2 as captain Wright collects nine points

Abbotsford Pilots captain Baylee Wright continues to light up the lamp at a torrid pace, collecting nine more points during his team’s 17-2 thrashing of the Surrey Knights at MSA Arena on Friday.

Wright scored five goals and added four assists in the win, which saw the Pilots lead 7-0 after the first period. Abbotsford added another touchdown in the second period, and then outscored the opposition 3-2 in the final frame.

Pilots forward Jacob De Waal, the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s second leading scorer, added seven points (three goals and four assists) and Jamie Housch collected eight points (two goals and six assists).

Other Pilots players with multi-point games on Friday were: Jared Pitkethly (five), Roy McClure (four), Ethan Willoughby (three), Allan Gekhman (three), Sean McCracken (two), Matthew Dyck (two), Daws Wollf (two), Savhan Gill (two) and Will Hazell-Penaluna (two).

Abbotsford outshot Surrey 67-17 in the win, with Pilots goalie Daniel Zuvic making 15 saves to record his second victory this season.

The win comes off a 5-5 tie against the Aldergrove Kodiaks on the road on Wednesday.

The Pilots led 5-1 early into the third period, but the Kodiaks came storming back and scored four goals in 11 minutes to send the game to overtime. Nothing was settled in the extra frame.

Wright, Tyler Wickman, Noah Findlater, Housch and Hazell-Penaluna all had two-point nights. Abbotsford’s Keaton Dyck stopped 42 saves in the tie.

Wright’s incredible week sees the PJHL’s top scorer now with 85 points (34 goals and 51 assists) in 29 games. He’s averaging just under three points a game this season and has 29 more points than the league’s second leading scorer.

The last player to record more than 85 points in the PJHL was Aldergrove’s Stephen Ryan, who scored 88 points in 44 games in the 2013-14 season. Wright is on pace to eclipse that mark very soon.

Grandview’s Bill Smith scored 94 points in 2008-09, and that is the highest point total recorded in the last 12 seasons. Wright still has 19 games left in the regular season to potentially shatter several league scoring records.

The Pilots remain in first place in the Harold Brittain conference and now have a record of 18-9-1-1. They rank fourth overall in the league standings.

Abbotsford next hosts the White Rock Whalers on Friday. Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at MSA Arena.

The club closes out the 2018 calendar in North Vancouver against the Wolf Pack on Saturday. Visit abbotsfordpilots.com for more.

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