The Aldergrove Kodiaks came out on top of a tough game against their Harold Brittain conference rivals, the Abbotsford Pilots, Friday, Jan. 10 at MSA Arena.
It was a back and forth battle all night but the Kodiaks closed the night’s scoring on a power play in the third period to take the game 5-4.
Spencer Unger scored the winner at 14:56, assisted by Stephen Ryan and Kodi Schwarz. It was the second of two power play goals that night, out of seven for the Kodiaks. The Pilots were unable to score on their two power plays.
The Kodiaks opened the scoring at 2:56 in the second period, by Jacob Dunlop, assisted by Joshua Poitras and Brandon Dolby. However, the Pilots scored twice late that period to go up 2-1 at the start of the third period.
Kodiak Jeremy Lagler scored the equalizer early in the second on a power play at 1:13, assisted by Adam Callegari and Stephen Ryan.
The Pilots scored at 7:12 to go up 3-2, but the Kodiaks responded with two at 7:37 and 8:03, with scoring by Scott McHaffie and Jeremy Lagler, respectively, to lead 4-3. Assists were by Spencer McHaffie and Lagler, and Joshua Cronin and Elvia Jansons, respectively.
The Pilots evened it up at 9:44, before Unger notched the winner.
Lagler and Ryan were the game’s first and second stars, respectively.
Shots on goal were even at 35 apiece. Jordan Liem was in goal for the Kodiaks.
The game keeps the Kodiaks atop their conference with 55 points after 34 games (26-5-1-2), 11 points ahead of the second place Pilots. The Kodiaks are also two points ahead of the Tom Shaw conference leading Richmond Sockeyes, although the Sockeyes have a game in hand.
Stephen Ryan also holds onto first place in league scoring with 66 points after 34 games, with 31 goals and 35 assists.
The Kodiaks host North Vancouver Wolf Pack on Wednesday, Jan. 15, which will also be the Harry Hunt Appreciation Night hosted at Aldergrove Arena.
The Kodiaks have two away games this week, Friday, Jan. 17 against Ridge Meadows Flames and Saturday, Jan. 18 against North Vancouver Wolf Pack. The Kodiaks host the Port Moody Panthers on Wednesday, Jan. 22, puck drop at 7:15 p.m.