Aldergrove Kodiaks look to snap slide

The Aldergrove Kodiaks’ topsy-turvy season continues.

The Kodiaks headed into October on a two-game win streak, and looking good at 3-1-1-1.

That changed over a three-day period.

On Wednesday, the defending Pacific Junior Hockey League champion Kodiaks fell 5-2 on home ice to the Mission City Outlaws.

Then, on Friday, they lost 5-3 to the host Abbotsford Pilots at MSA Arena.

Even having lost two in a row, the Kodiaks, at 3-3-1-1, sit tied with the 4-3 Langley Knights for second place in the Harold Brittain Conference standings, one point back of front-running Abbotsford (4-3-0-1).

Just three points separate the first place Pilots from the cellar-dwelling Ridge Meadows Flames in the five-team conference.

 

Abbotsford Pilots 5, Kodiaks 3

The Kodiaks had a 3-2 lead on the Pilots going into the third period.

Abbotsford took over in the third, scoring the only three goals of the frame to earn the victory. It was a mirror image of the first period, when the Pilots jumped out to a 2-0 lead.

The Kodiaks ruled the second frame, scoring three unanswered goals off the sticks of Aaron Markin, with two, and Eric Callegari.

Kolten Grieve and Mark Ledlin each scored twice for the Pilots. Brady Lawlor had the other Abbotsford goal.

Both of Grieve’s goals came in the third period.

Mission City Outlaws 5, Kodiaks 2

The Outlaws surprised the Kodiaks by outshooting them 40-30 and outscoring them by a three-goal margin.

Mission’s power play made the Kodiaks pay for their indiscretions, cashing in on three of five opportunities with the man advantage.

Both of the Kodiaks’ goals, from Jordan Funk and Elvis Jansons, came on the power play.

Mission led 3-2 after 40 minutes and scored the only two goals of the third frame.

Landen Matechuk scored twice for the visitors, who also got goals from Bryce Pisiak, Justin Bowerman, and Bakshi Gill. Brock Padgham had a three-point night, all assists, for the Outlaws.

ICE CHIPS: The Kodiaks will be tested Wednesday when they host the Langley Knights at Aldergrove Arena.

Langley is coming off a big 9-3 win over Ridge Meadows in a game played last Thursday at the George Preston Recreation Centre in Brookswood.

Game time for the Knights/Kodiaks game is 7:15 p.m.

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