Written by: Justin Sulpico
Photo by: Melody Fast
ABBOTSFORD - The Langley Trappers defeated the Abbotsford Pilots in Game 5 at MSA Arena on Friday night by a score of 5-3. Two-goal scorers were seen on both sides as Baylee Wright of the Pilots and Trevor Sundher of the Trappers both found the net twice. Kristian Lyon stopped 52 out of 55 shots en route to his clubs’ third straight postseason win, and third win in franchise history. The Trappers have now bounced back in the best-of-7 first round series and lead 3-2.
With the lowest ranked playoff power play coming into Friday night (1/32, 3%), the Pilots managed to capitalize on their first chance of the evening. Baylee Wright (5) beat Kristian Lyon with a seeing eye shot from the point at 7:59, assisted by Jake de Waal. Nearly two minutes later at 10:04, Roy McClure (1) took a rink-wide bank pass from Jamie Housch and slipped it past an out-of-position Lyon to make it a 2-0 game. Langley responded with two consecutive goals of their own from Casey Whintors (1) at 11:33 assisted by Braden Warburton, and later at 13:14 from Trevor Sundher (2) with helpers from Dustin Withrow and Adam Nobes.
Shots: 18-14 Abbotsford
The Trappers continued to respond with two additional goals. With a power play carried over into the second, Langley netted its third of the night only 23 seconds removed from the intermission. Carter Graham (1) fired a shot from the point which found its way past Pilots goaltender Keaton Dyck. Brendan O’Grady and Casey Whintors were credited with assists on the play. Then, at 15:27, Sundher (3) notched his second goal of the evening when he pounced on a loose rebound from Withrow, who got the assist.
Shots: 19-16 Langley
Baylee Wright (6) netted his second of the night at 9:23. Brady Morton assisted the Abbotsford captain who then walked up the goal line to push the puck past a sprawling Lyon. This, however, proved to be the last gasp for the Pilots as Dustin Withrow got the empty net insurance marker at 18:44.
Shots: 21-11 Abbotsford
Final Score: Abbotsford Pilots 4 - Langley Trappers 2
Final Shots: 55-44 Abbotsford Pilots
Kristian Lyon - 52/55 saves for Langley, W (3-2)
Keaton Dyck - 39/43 saves for Abbotsford, L (2-3)
Abbotsford Power Play: 2/6
Langley Power Play: 1/4
1: Trevor Sundher (LNG - 2G, GWG)
2: Baylee Wright (ABB - 2G )
3: Casey Whintors (LNG - 1G, 1A)
Trappers lead the Pilots 3-2 in the best-of-7 series.
Next Pilots game: Sunday in Langley against the Trappers at 2:00pm (Game 6)