For the first time in quite a while, the Langley Knights find themselves looking up at a team in the PJHL’s Harold Brittain Conference.
The Knights lost 6-3 to the Abbotsford Pilots on Friday night at MSA Arena in a showdown between the division’s top two teams.
The junior B squads entered the game tied with 26 points but the Pilots raced out to a 4-0 lead early in the second and never looked back.
Donovan Shambeau, Jackson Surbey and Carson Rose had the Langley goals as they lost for the fourth straight game, the team’s longest slump of the season.
They also lost at home the night before, 5-2 to the Richmond Sockeyes and now sport a record of 12-10-1-1 for 26 points.
And in that game, Langley again found itself trailing 4-0 as the Richmond scored three times in the second period to break open a 1-0 game.
The Sockeyes scored three times with the man advantage.
Tristan Craighead and Rose had the Knights goals.
Langley will look to return to the win column as they host the Grandview Steelers on Dec. 4 at the George Preston Recreation Centre.
The Aldergrove Kodiaks have won three games in a row and sit just four points out of top spot.
The junior B hockey club edged the Abbotsford Pilots 5-4 in overtime on Nov. 26, won 6-5 over the Ridge Meadows Flames on Nov. 28 and capped off the week with a 7-4 win over the Mission City Outlaws.
Aaron Markin and Jordan Funk scored two goals apiece against Mission.
Markin also had the OT winner versus the Pilots, while Funk and Quinncy Leroux each scored twice.
Against the Flames, Brandon Dolby and Spencer McHaffie scored power-play goals in the final 4:19 for the one-goal victory. Both players scored twice in the win.
The six points give the Kodiaks a record of 9-8-2-4 and their 24 points are just two back of the Langley Knights and four back of the Pilots for first place in the PJHL’s Harold Brittain Conference.
The Kodiaks are back in action on Wednesday (Dec. 3) against the Port Moody Panthers at the Aldergrove Arena.