Kodiaks in top spot, Knights second as season nears end

Aldergrove has won 15 of past 20 games to take over top spot in PJHL's Harold Brittain Conference

The Aldergrove Kodiaks can clinch top spot in their division with one victory in their final four games.

The Kodiaks find themselves on the cusp of the PJHL’s Harold Brittain Conference thanks to an incredible 20-game stretch that has seen the junior B hockey club go 15-4-0-1. Prior to that stretch, the team was 6-11-1-4 on the season.

The club’s most recent victories were a pair of one-goal decisions, 4-3 in overtime over the Grandview Steelers on Jan. 28 and 2-1 against the Abbotsford Pilots on Jan. 30.

Elvis Jansons scored the overtime winner in the first game, his second of the night, while Hayden Golsteyn and Aaron Markin had the others. Davin Padgham, an affiliate player, had a huge game for the Kodiaks, with three assists.

Griffin Baillie stopped 41 of 44 shots in goal.

And against Abbotsford, Ben Giesbrecht got the call between the pipes, stopping 26 of 27 shots. The offence came from Cameron Davitt and Eric Callegari.

The Kodiaks can clinch top spot in the division when they host the Pilots visit Aldergrove Arena tomorrow night (Wednesday).

Aldergrove also visits the second-place Langley Knights on Thursday at the George Preston Recreation Centre.

The Knights enter the game five points back of Aldergrove with a record of 21-18-1-1 and 44 points, which is also two points ahead of the third-place Pilots.

Langley is on a two-game winning streak after doubling the Mission City Outlaws 6-3 on Jan. 29 and then edging the Port Moody Panthers 5-4 on Jan. 31.

In the first game, the Knights were down 3-1 midway through the second before storming back with five unanswered goals.

Six different players — Issiah Piers, Tristan Craighead, Carson Rose, Jayden Gill, Oliver Alcock and Jackson Surbey — each had one goal and Nickolas Trenciansky stopped 41 shots.

Colin Catchpole’s second of the game early in the third period turned out to be the winner against the Panthers.

Alcock, David Stickney and Mitchell Biermann had the other Langley goals.

Stickney, an affiliate player, finished with a goal and an assist.

Trenciansky made 30 saves for the win.