The Harold Brittain Conference playoff final series involving the Aldergrove Kodiaks and Abbotsford Pilots should be a barnburner.
But the Pilots have to figure out a way of keeping the Kodiaks from cashing in on their chances, or this best-of-seven showdown between the top two teams in the conference could be over quickly.
Despite being outshot 40-28, the Kodiaks routed the Pilots 7-2 Tuesday at Aldergrove Arena.
The score wasnâ€™t indicative of the play, said Kodiaks head coach Brad Rihela, who believes this has the potential to be a long, hard-fought series.
â€œIt wasnâ€™t Abbyâ€™s night,â€ Rihela said. â€œThey didnâ€™t get the bounces. Itâ€™s going to be a tough series; every game is going to be tough. We got the bounces and we were fortunate.â€
The Pilots rolled to a 27-12-2-3 regular season record and cruised past the Ridge Meadows Flames in five games in the opening round of the Pacific Junior Hockey League playoffs.
The Kodiaks â€“ who swept the Mission City Outlaws in the first round â€“ finished with a 34-6-2-2 regular season record.
On Tuesday, Aldergrove made it five straight playoff wins by outscoring the Pilots 4-1 in the second period and 3-1 in the final frame.
The first period was scoreless.
Spencer McHaffie led the Kodiaks with a pair of goals. Defenceman Robert Jang scored once and added a pair of assists while Stephen Ryan, Jonathan Philley, and Adam Callegari each notched a goal and an assist. Spencer Unger rounded out the list of Kodiaks goal-scorers.
The Kodiaks hosted the Pilots last night (March 5) in game two of the series at Aldergrove Arena. The game got underway after the Langley Advance went to press.
The series victor will play the winner of the Tom Shaw Conference championship series between the Richmond Sockeys and North Vancouver Wolf Pack for the PJHL playoff title.