The Aldergrove Kodiaks pulled out a 3-2 overtime win over the Abbotsford Pilots Wednesday at Aldergrove Arena to stay on top of the Harold Brittain conference.
The Kodiaks took the lead at 46 seconds into the game with a goal by Colton Precourt, assisted by Ryan Procyshyn and Brandon Potomak. The Kodiaks followed that with a power play goal at 12:09 by Daniel Higgs from Stephen Ryan and Matthew Luongo to take a 2-0 lead.
The Pilots got on the scoreboard with a power play goal at 16:54 to make it 2-1 for the Kodiaks.
Neither side was able to take advantage of power plays in the second period and the score didn’t even up until 13:54 of the third when Abbotsford’s Ryan Stewart scored.
This set the scene for overtime and in the last minute the Kodiaks’ Josiah Friesen potted the game winner at 4:17, assisted by Precourt.
Friesen earned the game’s first star while Kodiaks keeper Ross Baadsvik earned second star.
This puts the Kodiaks at 36 points after 25 games (17-6-1-1), two ahead of the Pilots (16-7-2-0). Port Moody follows at 19 points and Mission and Ridge Meadows trail at nine and eight, respectively, practically ensuring that Aldergrove will be in the playoffs this year.
Over at the Tom Shaw conference, Richmond leads with 42 points, followed by Delta at 40, North Delta at 30, North Vancouver at 23 and Grandview at 21.
The Kodiaks travel to Ridge Meadows Flames this Friday, Dec. 16, host the Port Moody Black Panthers on Dec. 21, then travel to Abbotsford Pilots on Dec. 23 before Christmas break. Their first game of the new year is Jan. 4 when they host the Mission Icebreakers.