Aldergrove Kodiaks defender Joshua Poitras was the first star of the opening playoffs game Feb. 14, earning five points for a goal and four assists in the 8-5 win over Mission Outlaws.
The first period was scoreless but the Kodiaks took a 4-2 lead in the second and scored four more in the third for the 8-5 win.
The Kodiaks outshot the Outlaws in every period for a 39-25 game total and scored on four of seven power plays while the Outlaws failed to notch one on five power plays.
Kodiaks captain Eric Callegari scored a pair of goals for the game’s second star while Outlaw Jackson Waniek was awarded third star for his hat trick.
Scoring in the second period were Kodiaks Matt Oliver (on a power play), Kurt Klimek, Sam Badnaruk and Callegari. Assists came from Jeremy Lagler (2), Poitras (3), Oliver, Davin Padgham, and Quinncy Leroux.
Scoring for the Kodiaks in the third period were Callegari followed by three on power plays by Poitras, Oliver (unassisted), and Ryleigh Anderson. Assists came from Leroux, Arjan Cheema, Lagler, Kyle Bosko, Derian White and Poitras.
Kodiak keeper Dawson Rodin stopped all but five of the Outlaws’ 25 shots on his goal.
Game two of the Aldergrove-Mission playoffs is Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7:15 p.m. at Aldergrove Arena, with the next pair of games at Mission Leisure Centre on Feb. 18, 6:45 p.m. and Feb. 19, 8:15 p.m.
Game five, if needed, returns to Aldergrove Arena, Wed., Feb. 22 at 7:15 p.m., game six would be at Mission Feb. 15, 6:45 p.m. and game seven would be at Aldergrove, Feb. 27, 7:15 p.m.