Pilots goalie Keaton Dyck makes a big save during PJHL action on Friday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Wright stuff continues for Abbotsford Pilots

Junior hockey captain scores seven points in big win

MSA Arena continues to be fertile ground for the Abbotsford Pilots, but hitting the road still seems to be a work in progress.

The Pilots sport the best home record in the Pacific Junior Hockey League, and that trend continued on Friday as the Pilots disposed of the Langley Trappers 9-2 in what was a battle for first place in the Harold Brittain conference.

PJHL scoring leader and Pilots captain Baylee Wright led the charge for Abbotsford, collecting three goals and four assists.

Jacob De Waal, second in league scoring, added four points (one goal and three assists) and Cameron Obcena contributed with one goal and two helpers.

The Pilots led 3-0 after one, with goals from Justin Peaker, Allan Gekhman and Obcena.

Abbotsford made it 7-1 after 40 minutes, as De Waal, Wright (two) and Sean McCracken all scored.

Wright and Thomas Pickering added goals in the third.

Abbotsford outshot Langley 47-32, and Pilots goalie Keaton Dyck made 30 saves for his 14th win on the season.

Wright has now collected 69 points in 25 games this season, while De Waal has 46 in 23.

The Pilots’ record on home ice sits now at an impressive 10-2-1.

The club then travelled to Burnaby on Sunday, and couldn’t solve the Grandview Steelers goalie Cale Dolan in a 2-0 loss.

The Pilots surrendered goals in the first and third period, and failed to sneak any of their 23 shots past Dolan.

The loss drops Abbotsford’s record away from MSA Arena to 5-7.

Despite Sunday’s setback, the Pilots leapfrogged Langley into first place in the Brittain conference and fourth overall in the PJHL. Abbotsford’s record is now 15-9-1.

The team returns to action on Friday, when the Aldergrove Kodiaks come to town. Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Abbotsford then heads to Port Moody to take on the Panthers on Saturday night.

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