In the Feb. 5 tilt at Langley Knights home arena the Knights battled to a 5-4 overtime win, after a seesaw battle failed to decide the winner.
The Knights were up 2-1 at the end of the first period, despite the Kodiaks outshooting the Knights 17-7. Kodiaks’ scorer was Brandon Dolby, from Quinncy Leroux.
The Kodiaks were up 4-3 at the end of the second period, with markers by Leroux (from Dolby and Eric Wieking), Evan Cusmano on the power play (from Wieking and Eric Callegari), and Callegari on other power play (from Elvis Jansons and Cameron Davitt). The Knights outshot the Kodiaks that period 14-10.
The Knights evened it up in the third and the 4-4 tie brought about the overtime, with Knights’ Colin Catchpole scoring at 2:01.
As of Feb. 9, with 52 points after 42 games (22-12-2-6) the Kodiaks are ahead of the Langley Knights by six points, the Pilots by 10 points and Mission Outlaws by nine points. The only open question is which teams will be in third and fourth place going into the playoffs.
The Kodiaks finish their regular season this week, with a home game versus Delta Ice Hawks Feb. 11 and away at Mission Outlaws Feb. 14.
Kodiaks GM Rick Harkins says he’s confirmed the following Tuesday and Wednesday for the first two playoff games to be hosted by the Kodiaks at Aldergrove Arena. The Kodiaks will play the fourth place team in the first round of playoffs, however, it remains to be seen which team that will be.