The Abbotsford Pilots opponent for round one of the Pacific Junior Hockey League playoffs has been determined, and the club begins its quest for a league title tonight (Wednesday).
Abbotsford will square off with the expansion Langley Trappers to open the postseason, with game one of the best-of-seven series kicking off in Langley at 7 p.m.
Games two and three shift to the MSA Arena, with both games scheduled for 7:30 p.m. game four goes Feb. 19 in Langley, and game five, if necessary, returns to MSA Arena on Feb. 20. The location and times for the final two games, if necessary, are still to be determined.
The teams met five times in the regular season, with Abbotsford winning twice, Langley winning twice and one game ending in a tie.
The two teams had a playoff preview in their final regular season game at the MSA Arena on Friday, with the Trappers scoring three times in the third period to post a 3-2 win.
After a scoreless first period, Alexander Methorst potted the lone goal of the second period to give the Pilots a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes. Langley then opened the third period with a pair of goals, before Abbotsford’s Jacob De Waal tied the game up at 12:40 of the third. The Trappers then scored a goal at 18:47 to escape with the win.
Pilots goalie Robert Nawrot made 31 saves in a losing cause.
Abbotsford wrapped up the PJHL regular season road schedule with an 8-4 loss to Richmond on Thursday.
The end of the season also saw Pilots forward Baylee Wright take home the scoring title. The Langley native recorded 81 points in 38 games to earn the PJHL scoring crown. He collected eight more points than the second highest scorer, Aldergrove’s Matt Oliver.
The winner of the Pilots-Trappers series will move on to play the winner of the Harold Brittain conference’s other series, which features the Ridge Meadows Flames taking on the Aldergrove Kodiaks.
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