Kodiaks look to ground Pilots
After extinguishing the Ridge Meadows Flames in round one, the Aldergrove Kodiaks will look to ground the Abbotsford Pilots.
The Kodiaks lost game one, 4-3 to the Flames in their best-of-seven opening round Pacific Junior Ice Hockey League series. The defeat came in double overtime with Aldergrove firing 63 pucks on goal.
But the rest of the series, went the Kodiaks way.
Aldergrove won 4-2, 2-1, 9-2 and then they clinched the series with a 4-1 victory in game five last Wednesday.
Scott McHaffie led the team with three goals and a dozen points in five games, while twin brother Spencer had three goals and eight points. Ryan Veillet led the Kodiaks with five goals and also had eight points.
Aldergrove coach and general manager Rick Harkins expects a tight, close series.
“Probably seven games,” he said. “We expect a tight series. It will be a battle.
“Both teams are pretty evenly matched.”
The second round begins tonight at the MSA Arena in Abbotsford.
Game two is tomorrow (Wednesday) back at the Aldergrove Arena.
The Pilots won the Harold Brittain Conference with 66 points, nine ahead of the Kodiaks.
Abbotsford also won the season series between the two clubs, taking four of the six games. Three of the games were decided by one goal.