Langley Trappers’ Matthew Smoliga rubs out his Grandview Steelers opponent during the junior B Trappers inaugural game earlier this season. The Trappers opened up the PJHL playoffs on Feb. 14 with a 2-1 loss to the Abbotsford Pilots. Gary Ahuja Langley Times file photo

Pilots draw first blood against Trappers

Langley down 1-0 in best-of-seven playoff series with Abbotsford

In a low-scoring game one, it was the Abbotsford Pilots prevailing over the Langley Trappers.

The Pilots scored a 2-1 victory over the Trappers in game one of the best-of-seven junior B playoff series on Wednesday night at the George Preston Recreation Centre.

After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, the Pilots’s Alexander Methorst got the visitors on the board 7:01 into the middle frame. Baylee Wright — the PJHL’s regular season leading scorer — doubled the lead early in the third and that stood out to be the winner after Matthew Smoliga got the Trappers on the board with a power-play goal in the final minute of the game.

Abbotsford outshot Langley 33-24 with the Trappers’ Keaton Dyck making 31 saves in a losing effort.

Games two and three are at Abbotsford’s MSA Arena on Feb. 16 and 17 with game four set for the Preston Centre on Feb. 19.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Langley equestrian vaulter dominates at BC Games

Danae Moore takes home four gold medals, winning every individual event

Langley City prefers Skytrain but will accept LRT, with conditions

Council declared Skytrain “superior” to planned LRT connection during December closed-door meeting

Langley, Nelson, Abbotsford riders takes top spots in horse vaulting at BC Games

This weekend, athletes took to the Cowichan to deliver their best poses on horseback

TWU-as-Team-Canada wins three in Brazil

Spartans are representing Canada in the inaugural FISU America Games

Langley City considering funding fence to keep homeless away from condominium

Report to council cites issues of “defecation, drug consumption, discarded needles, littering”

Update: Police probe Toronto shooting that killed 2, injured 12; suspected gunman dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

Deadly L.A. market shooting started with domestic feud

A domestic incident ended after a car crashed into a pole outside Trader Joe’s market

Another heat wave to hit B.C.’s south coast

Temperatures expected to hit the mid-30s in some areas this week

Sunken duck boat to be raised after deadly Missouri accident

17 people died over the weekend in a deadly boat incident

Man extradited to Canada in Burnaby killing, following arrest in South Korea

28-year-old Jui-Kai Weng was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder

Canada beats Triple Crown for Canada Cup softball title

National team’s championship is first at B.C. tournament since 1996

Record high in Japan as heat wave grips the region

The temperature in a city north of Tokyo reached 41.1 degrees Celsius (106 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday, the highest ever recorded in Japan.

Feds looking at ways to tackle wave of gun violence in Toronto: Minister

Toronto mayor John Tory spoke to the press following a mass casualty event in Toronto.

Inquest set in death of RCMP’s spokesperson for Robert Dziekanski case

Former Mountie Pierre Lemaitre died of self-inflicted injuries in Abbotsford in 2013

Most Read