Kodiaks keep playoffs dream alive

The Aldergrove Kodiaks kept their playoffs dream alive on Feb. 16, by coming from behind a one-goal deficit to the Abbotsford Pilots in the third period and net four goals for a 5-2 win.

The win puts the Kodiaks in a 39 point tie with the Mission Icebreakers, however, Mission is ahead on the win side by two. This means that Aldergrove must win its final regular season game against Port Moody Black Panthers this week and Mission must lose both their remaining games against Abbotsford if the Kodiaks are to carry on into the playoffs.

This is a longshot but the Kodiaks demonstrated their tenacity and grit with one of their best games in a long time on Feb. 16.

The Pilots opened the scoring in the first period on a power play, their only score that night on seven power plays.

The Kodiaks racked up the most penalties in the second but responded with a short-handed, unassisted goal by Brandon Lamont at 9:52. The Pilots responded less than four minutes later but it was to be their last score that night.

The Pilots racked up all of the third’s penalties and it proved to be their undoing, as the Kodiaks scored on three power plays that period, out of 11 that night, along with one in regular five-on-five play.

Scorers were Lamont from Colton Precourt and Eric McEwan on a power play at 5:05, Precourt from Lamont and Ryan Procyshyn at 11:31, McEwan from Precourt and Lamont on the power play at 14:21, and Ryan Veillet from Cody Hoy and Precourt on the power play at 15:05.

Kodiaks keeper Ross Baadsvik stopped 35 of the 37 shots on his net, while Pilots Brad Anderson allowed five of 23 and Cole Chreptyk stopped four in the final five minutes.