Written by: Justin Sulpico
Photos by: Melody Fast
Just over 24 hours after Game #1 was played, the Abbotsford Pilots repeated their winning ways over the Langley Trappers on Saturday night, defeating them 4-3 in Game #2 of their first round playoff series. A raucous crowed was on hand at MSA Arena as Keaton Dyck made 27 saves in the win. Kristian Lyon was credited with the loss however, backup goaltender Noah Masog had to step in for 13 seconds in the second period while Lyon had an equipment malfunction. Abbotsford now leads the series 2-0 as the play will shift to Langley on Tuesday and Wednesday night for Games 3 and 4.
It was the visiting team getting the lead early as rookie Brendan O’Grady (2) beat Keaton Dyck at 9:07 to opening the scoring in Game #2. With assists from Casey Whintors and Tanner Komzak, O’Grady has now scored his club’s opening goal in back-to-back games. The Pilots were quick to respond at 16:53 as Jake de Waal (1) got his name under the goal column in the postseason. His linemates, Baylee Wright and Allan Gekhman, each got an assist on the marker with Gekhman in his second game playing on the top line.
Shots: 16-11 Abbotsford
The Pilots captain stepped up to be the difference maker in the middle frame. Baylee Wright (3, 4) netted back to back goals, first at 1:17 assisted from Jake de Waal and second at 7:13 on the power play from Brady Morton and Thomas Pickering. The period was marred with penalties however, as 26 penalty minutes were assessed to both clubs in the second period.
Shots: 21-9 Abbotsford
It was the Trappers turn for the goal scoring in the third. It was deja vu for Langley as Casey Winters once again fed Brendan O’Grady (3) to notch his second of the evening at 6:23 to get within one. With Langley on the power play at 18:36, they elected to pull goaltender Kristian Lyon to give them the 6-on-4 advantage, but Matthew Dyck (1) fired it into the open cage to net only his second postseason goal of his junior career. The Trappers capitalized on the man advantage with Adam Nobes beating Keaton Dyck with a seeing eye shot at 19:16, but it wasn’t enough.
Final Score: Abbotsford Pilots 4 - Langley Trappers 3
Final Shots: 47-30 Abbotsford Pilots
Keaton Dyck - 27/30 saves for Abbotsford, W (2-0)
Kristian Lyon - 42/45 saves for Langley, L (0-2)
Noah Masog - 1/1 saves for Langley
Abbotsford Power Play: 1/8
Langley Power Play: 0/8
1Baylee Wright (ABB - 2G, 1A)
2Jake de Waal (ABB - 1G, 1A)
3Matthew Dyck (ABB - 1G, GWG)
Pilots lead the Trappers 2-0 in the best-of-7 series.
Next Pilots game: Tuesday in Langley against the Trappers at 7:00pm (Game 3)