Written by: Justin Sulpico
Photo by: Melody Fast
The month of February started off fresh as the Abbotsford Pilots (26-14-1-1) defeated the Mission City Outlaws (12-26-0-3) by a score of 4-2 on Friday night. Three unanswered goals sealed the deal in the second period. Griffin Abbott and Tristan Takats were the goal scorers for the Outlaws. A three point night for captain Baylee Wright now sees him tied for the PJHL single season point scoring record of 121.
A nifty passing play opened the scoring in the Outlaws’ favour. Griffin Abbott (4) received a feed from Chase Newman and Dawson Campbell to give the visitors the lead at 8:40.
Shots: 12-11 Abbotsford
The period started with both teams finding the scoresheet. Baylee Wright (47) got Abbotsford on the board, with an unassisted breakaway at 1:52. However, the Outlaws answered back just under a minute later with Griffin Abbott notching an unassisted tally of his own at 2:38. The Pilots then fired three unanswered goals past Mission goaltender Issac Elias. Jared Pitkethly (5) from Will Hazell-Penaluna on the power play at 12:35, and then Jake de Waal twice at 17:15 and 19:52. Baylee Wright assisted on both goals which propelled him to 121 points on the season, tying a single season league record.
Shots: 14-13 Mission
Shots: 15-15 tie
Final Score: Abbotsford 4 – Mission City 2 (F)
Final Shots: 40-40
Keaton Dyck: 39/40 saves for Abbotsford W (21-9-1)
Issac Elias: 36/40 saves for Mission L (5-12-0)
Abbotsford Power Play: 2/4 (50.0%)
Mission Power Play: 0/7 (0.0%)
- Jake de Waal (ABB – 2G)
- Baylee Wright (ABB – 1G, 2A)
- Thomas Pickering (ABB – 0G, 0A)
Next Pilots Game: Friday night in Abbotsford against the Panthers at 7:30PM.
-The January Players of the Month were awarded pre-game, with Jamie Housch named Offensive Player of the Month, and Roy McClure receiving Defensive Player of the Month honours.
-Baylee Wright is now tied for the PJHL single-season point record with 121 points. The record was set by Brent O’Connor of the North Shore Flames in the 1977-78 season.
-The win snaps a two-game losing streak for the Abbotsford Pilots, who dropped decisions on the road to Grandview (4-2 L, 01/27) and Richmond (4-3 L, 01/31).