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Written by: Justin Sulpico

Photo by: Melody Fast

LANGLEY - The Langley Trappers emerged victorious on Sunday afternoon over the Abbotsford Pilots, 4-3 the final score in Game #6 to close the first round series 4-2. All four Langley goals were scored on the power play. It was a back and forth affair with clubs exchanging goals throughout the afternoon and Langley never holding the lead until the end of the game. The eventual overtime winner was scored by Casey Whintors in the first overtime period. Trappers goaltender Kristian Lyon made 38 saves and was awarded 1st star honours. Abbotsford goaltender Keaton Dyck finished the afternoon with 25 saves. Langley will now face Grandview in the second round of the playoffs.

BOX SCORE

1st Period

A shot-filled first period for Abbotsford was highlighted by the first career PJHL postseason goal for Pilots defenceman Sahvan Gill (1). Gill and Allan Gekhman connected in the the corner and Gill walked in on a sharp angle to slip it past Langley goaltender Kristian Lyon at 9:27 to opening the scoring in Game #6.

Shots: 18-3 Abbotsford

2nd Period

The middle frame saw power-play markers from both sides. First Langley struck on the man advantage at 9:37. An intentionally wide shot from Braden Warbuton was put away in the opposite corner by Casey Whintors (2) to tie the score. Later, in the closing minutes of the period, a seeing-eye shot from Baylee Wright was deflected by Noah Wiebe (1) at 18:38 to put the visitors back ahead in the game.

Shots: 15-12 Abbotsford

3rd Period

It was a rocky start to the final period for the Pilots. What seemed like a routine save for Keaton Dyck on a Brendan O’Grady (4) shot slipped past the Abbotsford goaltender only 1:21 in and tied things up once again. But, the Pilots were quick bounce back at 4:49 when Roy McClure (2) rushed up the right wing and wired a shot past Lyon to restore a Pilots lead, and net his second goal in as many games. Langley struck again on the power play at 12:22, with Abbotsford’s Sean McCracken in the box for tripping. A mad scramble formed in the Pilots crease and the puck was deflected up top for Adam Nobes (1) who slid it underneath Dyck at 12:22 to tie the game once more.

Shots: 9-6 Langley

Overtime

The series was put away by the Trappers on the power play thanks to Casey Whintors (2). With Justin Peaker in the box for a tripping call, a flurry of bodies in Dyck’s crease left the puck loose for Whintors who potted home the series clincher at 3:54. The Trappers did not lead throughout the entirety of the game.

Shots: 5-2 Langley

Final Score: Langley Trappers 4 - Abbotsford Pilots 3
Final Shots: 41-29 Abbotsford Pilots

Kristian Lyon - 52/53 saves for Langley, W (1-2)

Keaton Dyck - 24/28 saves for Abbotsford, L (2-1)

3 Stars:

1) Kristian Lyon (LNG - 52 saves, W)
2) Carter Graham (LNG - 2A)
3) Cameron Obcena (ABB - 2A)

Trappers defeat Pilots 4-2 in the best-of-7 series.

For more information, please contact:
Justin Sulpico
Director of Media, Abbotsford Pilots
cell: 604-626-8513
abbypilots@hotmail.com

Abbotsford Pilots Junior Hockey Club
Office: 34816 Orchard Drive, Abbotsford, BC, V3B 2B4
Arena: 2323 Emerson Street, Abbotsford, BC, V2T 3J3
Phone: 604.853.5258 | Email: abbotsfordpilots@shaw.ca

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