Kodiaks win first playoff game, 5-2

Aldergrove Kodiaks handily won the opening game of their first playoff series against Mission City Outlaws, 5-2

The Aldergrove Kodiaks handily won the opening game of their first playoff series against Mission City Outlaws, 5-2, in Mission, Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The Kodiaks led 3-0 at the start of the second period and netted one apiece in the next two periods, while the Outlaws only scored twice in the second.

Kodiaks keeper Jordan Liem stopped 32 of 34 shots on goal that night, while Outlaws net minder Jeffrey Veitch stopped 31 of 36 shots. The Kodiaks scored on two of eight power plays while the Outlaws scored on one of seven.

The Kodiaks’ McHaffie twins shone at this game, with Spencer earning first star and Scott earning second star of the night for a goal and an assist by each of the twins.

Spencer McHaffie scored the first goal of the night, assisted by Scott McHaffie, and the roles reversed for the final goal, on a power play in the third period by Scott, assisted by Spencer and Elvis Jansons.

Adam Callegari scored the second goal of the night, on a power play, assisted by Stephen Ryan and Spencer Unger, followed by Quinccy Leroux, from Jonathan Philley and Jeremy Lagler.

Mission’s Kyle Baron earned the game’s third star for his second period goal at 2:19. Kodiak Kodi Schwarz scored next, assisted by Aaron Markin and affiliate Ryan Vorster, and Outlaw Bryce Pisiak scored their final goal of the night on a power play.

The Outlaws visit Aldergrove Arena tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 19) for the second game of the best-of-seven series.

Games three and four are at Aldergrove Arena as well, on Monday, Feb. 24, 7:45 p.m., and Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7:15 p.m.

Games five and six, if needed, are at Mission Leisure Centre on Thursday, Feb. 27, 7:15 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 28 (time to be announced).