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Kodiaks’ Ryan wins PJHL scoring title
The Aldergrove Kodiaks enter the post-season on a six-game winning streak after closing the regular season with a 7-4 win over the Port Moody Panthers.
The junior B hockey game was played on Saturday night at the Port Moody Arena and it was the team’s second victory of the week as they also beat the Abbotsford Pilots 5-3 on Feb. 12.
Both games required the Kodiaks to rally from first-period deficits as they were down 3-1 against Abbotsford and 2-1 to the Panthers.
Stephen Ryan scored two goals and added two assists versus Port Moody to win the Pacific Junior Hockey League scoring title with 41 goals and 88 points. He won by 18 points over teammate Adam Callegari.
Both are products of the Langley Minor Hockey Association.
Ryan also became the first 40-goal scorer in the league in the past seven seasons. His point total was also the highest since the 2008/09 campaign.
The Kodiaks finished the regular season with a sparkling record of 34-6-2-2 and 72 points, 13 clear of second-place Abbotsford in the race for top spot in the Harold Brittain Conference.
Aldergrove did finish second overall in the entire league as the Richmond Sockeyes (34-5-3-2, 73 points) edged them by a single point.
Up next is a best-of-seven first round playoff series against the Mission City Outlaws. The teams play tonight (Tuesday) at the Mission Leisure Centre with game two set for tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Aldergrove Arena.