Aldergrove Kodiaks' captain Eric Callegari was the star of the night as he led the junior hockey team to a 6-4 win over the visiting Abbotsford Pilots, Nov. 23 at Aldergrove Arena.
After scoring a short-handed goal early in the second period Callegari went down in front of the Pilots' net after taking a puck to the face. However, he was back in the third to snatch the puck from Pilots' Kolby Steen and score an empty-netter for the 6-4 win, while Steen got himself a game misconduct.
The two teams had been trading the lead in the game throughout the first two periods and the first half of the third. Kodiaks' Arjan Cheema opened the scoring early in the first period, assisted by Clayton Schroeder but the Pilots evened it up before the period ended.
The Pilots took a 2-1 lead early in the second, on a power play, but then Callegari scored his short-handed goal, assisted by Elijah Vilio, to even it up.
Kodiaks' Jacob De Waal, assisted by Quinncy Leroux, scored to briefly take the 3-2 lead but the Pilots evened it up a minute later to make it 3-3 going into the third.
Kodiaks' Kyle Bosko scored early in the third, assisted by Vilio, and Pilots' Steen evened it up 10 minutes later. Kodiaks' Matt Oliver scored on a power play at 14:06, assisted by Joshua Poitras and Cameron Davitt, to take a 5-4 lead, and Callegari scored the empty-netter at 18:54, unassisted, for the 6-4 win.
Both teams only scored one goal on six power plays each, but the Kodiaks outshot the Pilots 29-21. Game stars were Callegari, Pilots' Alexander Methorst and Kodiaks' Cheema.
The result puts the Kodiaks securely in first place in the league, with 36 points after 23 games, the most wins (18) and fewest losses (5).
The Kodiaks wrap up November with an away game Friday, Nov. 25 at the Ridge Meadows Flames and the Flames come to Aldergrove Arena Wednesday, Nov. 30 to play the Kodiaks.
Aldergrove Kodiaks captain Eric Callegari scored twice in 6-4 win over Abbotsford Pilots, Nov. 23.
Aldergrove Kodiaks assistant captain Quinncy Leroux had an assist in 6-4 win over Abbotsford Pilots, Nov. 23.
Aldergrove Kodiaks in action in 6-4 win over Abbotsford Pilots, Nov. 23.
Aldergrove Kodiaks Kurt Klimek in action in 6-4 win over Abbotsford Pilots, Nov. 23.
Aldergrove Kodiaks Kyle Bosko scored in 6-4 win over Abbotsford Pilots, Nov. 23.