Knights pull within point of first place Kodiaks

Langley and Aldergrove are neck-and-neck as junior B hockey season hits the stretch drive

The Langley Knights have pulled to within one point of the first-place Aldergrove Kodiaks after posting back-to-back victories to open January while the Kodiaks failed to pick up a point for the first time in six games.

Aldergrove leads the PJHL’s Harold Brittain Conference with a record of 15-10-2-5 and 37 points, one better than Langley’s 17-14-1-1 and 36 points. The Kodiaks do hold a game in hand.

The Knights snapped a four-game losing streak, winning 3-2 in overtime on Jan. 1 against the Mission City Outlaws and then pounding the Ridge Meadows Flames 7-2 the following night.

The first game saw Langley down 2-0 with less than two minutes to play, but Colin Catchpole and Carson Rose scored power-play goals to force overtime and Rose’s second goal at 2:29 of the extra period gave the Knights the second point.

Nickolas Trenciansky stopped 27 shots for the victory.

Against Ridge Meadows, seven different players found the back of the net, led by Rose’s one goal and two assists. Alex Kalau, Tristan Craighead, Mitchell Biermann, Joshua Smith and Jackson Surbey had the other goals.

Cole Forbes stopped 31 shots for the victory.

Aldergrove was blanked 6-0 by the Grandview Steelers on Sunday at the Burnaby Winter Club. The Kodiaks had gone 4-0-1-0 in their past five games.

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The Knights will look for a third straight win as they visit the Delta Ice Hawks on Jan. 6. The team also hosts the North Vancouver Wolf Pack on Jan. 8 at the George Preston Recreation Centre.

Aldergrove hosts the Richmond Sockeyes at the Aldergrove Arena on Jan. 7.