It was a rivalry renewed on Thursday night when the Abbotsford Pilots came to town. The Outlaws were looking for a little redemption after the exit from the playoffs last season at the hands of the Pilots.
We get things going in the first and you can tell there was a little bit of a feeling out process for both clubs as neither team has met this young season. Just past the halfway mark of the first the Outlaws would open up the scoring with a goal from Kolby Steen. The Pilots would turn things up in the late stages of the opening frame and try and even things up before the period ended but Will Latimer had better plans and he steered away 14 shots sent his way. The score after the first period was 1-0 Outlaws.
Second period and the teams were starting to throw the body more and more. Lots of turnovers by both teams, including in the slot in front of the Pilots net where Brody Dyck would pot one past the Abby goaltender and the Outlaws would lead 2-0 at this point. Shortly after the Outlaws went up by 2 the Pilots finally had their answer for Latimer and Monk put it in the back of the net on a spin shot in the slot. Steen would answer back with his second of the contest giving the Mission City Outlaws the 2 goal lead back. In the late stages of the middle frame the Pilots would get back within 1 again off the stick of Colten Cowden. But before the end of the middle frame the Outlaws would have something to say in the goal scoring department and CJ Lillies would tip one on the doorstep past the Pilots goalie. Great hard shot from Trystan Dundas at the point and Lillies with the good hand eye to tip it past. The Outlaws found themselves with a 4-2 lead going into the 2nd intermission.
Final frame of regulation and the Pilots came out of the gate with more drive trying to claw their way back into this game. Cowden got his second of the game early on in the frame. The Outlaws definitely had their chances but Goaltender Station closed the door the rest of the way. On a broken up play the Pilots would tie things up with a goal from Kolten Grieve sending this game to extra time.
Nothing was solved 4 on 4 or 3 on 3 and this one would ends in a 4-4 tie. All and all a good effort from the Outlaws and the Pilots showed how resilient they are going to be this season.
Next up for the Outlaws is a road game against the North Vancouver Wolf Pack on Saturday night at the Harry Jerome Recreation Centre. 7pm puck drop.
As for now your up to date. See you at the rink.