A Friday night loss to the Abbotsford Pilots and an overtime loss Saturday to North Vancouver Wolf Pack eroded the Aldergrove Kodiaks lead in their division.
The Pilots’ win Sunday over Delta Ice Hawks put them one point ahead, with 56 points, although the Kodiaks have a game in hand at home against the Wolf Pack Feb. 20.
The game at Abbotsford was a penalty-strewn affair, with the Pilots scoring on four of 10 power plays while the Kodiaks scored on three of seven. Kodiaks got 35 shots on goal to 40 for the Pilots.
Kodiak Alex Feighan opened the scoring at 3:28, assisted by Robert Jang. The Pilots scored the next two before Kodiak Daniel Higgs closed the first period with the evener at 14:24, assisted by Brandon Potomak and Thomas Hardy.
The Kodiaks opened the second at 2:15 on a power play by Spencer McHaffie, assisted by Higgs and Ryan Procyshyn, but the Pilots responded with four more to close the second with a 6-3 lead.
Kodiaks Higgs and Feighan scored two more in the third (assisted by Jang and Feighan, and Potomak, respectively, however, the Pilots also notched two to end the game 8-5.
Saturday’s game at the Wolf Pack was a much closer affair, with the Pack scoring in the second overtime for a 4-3 win.
The Kodiaks outshot the Pack 39-35 but were unable to score on six power plays while the Pack scored on one of three.
Kodiak Samuel Ramsay opened the scoring, assisted by Brandon Potomak, at 2:07 to put the Kodiaks up 1-0 at the end of the first. However, the Pack scored the second period’s only goal to even it up for the third.
The Pack opened the third period scoring before the Kodiaks responded at 14:03 with one by Spencer Mchaffie, assisted by his twin brother Scott. The Pack scored another on a power play and then Kodiak Potomak scored the game tier at 16:02 assisted by Spencer McHaffie and Thomas Hardy.
At 4:10 of the second overtime the Pack scored the game winner, with the only consolation for the Kodiaks being that they got a point for the overtime loss.
After tonight’s tilt against the Pack the Kodiaks host the Port Moody Black Panthers on Feb. 22 and the final regular season game is away on Saturday at the North Delta Devils.