A pair of goals from Aldergrove Kodiak Cameron Davitt and an empty-netter from Spencer Unger sealed a must-win playoffs game for the team over the visiting Abbotsford Pilots, Sunday night at Aldergrove Arena.
The Kodiaks’ 3-1 win keeps the team’s hopes alive, as they are down 3-1 in the best-of-seven games series. The Kodiaks are faced with the challenge of winning three more games in a row to advance to the next round, while the Pilots have only to win one more game.
The Kodiaks outshot the Pilots 35-24 and made the shots count this time.
The Pilots opened the scoring early in the first period but Kodiak Cameron Davitt responded with his own marker less than a minute later to put the first period in a tie. Davitt’s assists came from Spencer Unger and Davin Padgham.
Davitt scored again in the second on a power play — one of seven for the team that night — with assists from Padgham and Eric Callegari, to take a 2-1 lead.
It was an all-out end-to-end battle for most of the third period and the Pilots pulled keeper Jacob Crawford in the dying minutes for an extra man-advantage on their fourth and last power play, but Kodiak Unger snatched the puck from the Pilots and lobbed across the arena into the Pilots’ empty net.
Davitt and Unger were the game’s first and second stars, respectively. Dawson Rodin was the Kodiaks’ net keeper that night.
The teams meet again for game five Tuesday night at MSA Arena, with Aldergrove aiming for game six Wednesday night at Aldergrove Arena — and a deciding game seven Friday at MSA Arena.
KODIAKS FALL IN DOUBLE OVERTIME — AGAIN
After losing in double-overtime Feb. 10 at Aldergrove Arena, the Kodiaks repeated it on Friday at MSA Arena.
It was the Kodiaks’ third loss in the best-of-seven series.
Kodiaks were up 2-0 in the first after a pair of goals from Joshua Pollock. The first was on a power play with assists from Wyatt Versluis and Matt Oliver, and the other was assisted by Kyle Bosko.
The Pilots took the lead in the second with three goals, making it 3-2 for the Pilots.
The Pilots scored one in the third and the Kodiaks came back with four of their own to even it up and take it into overtime. Scorers were Pollock (from Deryk Kirchner and Camerona Davitt), Erik Olson (from Hayden Guilderson), Eric Callegari (from Quinncy Leroux) and Davitt (from Davin Padgham).
Pilot Mitchell Plevy scored the winner at 3:37 in the second overtime.
The Kodiaks outshot the Pilots 48-45 in that game. The Kodiaks scored in one of five power plays while the Pilots scored in two of eight.
KURT LANGMANN PHOTOS
Aldergrove Kodiak Brandon Dolby #8 puts the pressure on Abbotsford Pilots keeper Jacob Crawford and Philip Gauthier #5 in game four of the playoffs series, Feb. 21 at Aldergrove Arena.
Aldergrove Kodiaks Quinncy Leroux #91 and Brandon Dolby #8 puts the pressure on Abbotsford Pilots keeper Jacob Crawford and Kellan Lavallee #11 in game four of the playoffs series, Feb. 21 at Aldergrove Arena.
Abbotsford Pilots keeper Jacob Crawford and Kellan Lavallee #11 defend their goal from Aldergrove Kodiak Eric Callegari #19 in game four of the playoffs series, Feb. 21 at Aldergrove Arena.
Aldergrove Kodiak Matt Oliver #18 and Abbotsford Pilots Royce Rossignol battle for the puck in game four of the playoffs series, Feb. 21 at Aldergrove Arena.