The Aldergrove Kodiaks took an early lead over the Abbotsford Pilots in game five of the playoffs series and kept it for a 5-2 win, Tuesday night at MSA Arena.
The win improves the Kodiaks to 2-3 in the best-of-seven series, with game six set for Wednesday (tonight) at Aldergrove Arena, 7:15 p.m. puck drop.
Kodiak Matt Oliver opened the scoring at the midway mark of the first period, assisted by Kyle Bosko and Wyatt Versluis. The Pilots responded on a power play late in the period to make it 1-1.
Kodiak Spencer Unger scored on a power play in the second period, assisted by Quinncy Leroux, and the Pilots scored another power play goal shortly after that. However, Kodiak Elijah Vilio scored at 18:39, assisted by Davin Padgham and Unger to make it a 3-2 lead going into the third.
The Kodiaks scored two more early in the third, for the 5-2 victory. Scoring were Leroux (unassisted) and Unger on another power play, with assists from Eric Callegari and Leroux.
Unger’s three point night gave him the game’s first star. Second star was Leroux and Kodiaks keeper Dawson Rodin was third star.
The Kodiaks outshot the Pilots 34-31, and scored on two of seven power plays while the Pilots scored a pair on four.
If the Kodiaks win game six tonight the final deciding game will be Friday night at MSA Arena.