Just one more win is all the Mission City Outlaws need to guarantee the club’s first ever Harold Brittain conference title.
The Outlaws continued their hot play on Saturday, blanking the Delta Ice Hawks 3-0 to improve to 30 wins, 11 losses and two overtime losses on the season.
Kolby Steen scored goals in the first and second period, and Baylee Wright added one more in the third to seal the win. Outlaws goalie Jeffrey Veitch made 29 saves for his first shutout of the season, and he also recorded his 12th win.
The Outlaws will be scoreboard watching tonight, when the Abbotsford Pilots host the Langley Knights. If Abbotsford loses in regulation, Mission will win the Brittain conference. If Abbotsford wins, the Brittain title will be on the line when the Outlaws host the Pilots on Saturday in the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s season finale for both teams. If the Pilots tie or lose in overtime, the only way Mission would not earn the Brittain crown is if they lose to Abbotsford in regulation time on Saturday.
In addition to the team honours, one member of the Outlaws will win the PJHL league scoring title. David McGowan and Bryce Pisiak are first and second respectively in league scoring, with McGowan at 83 points and Pisiak at 81 points. The next closest player has 66 points. Pisiak has won the league’s goal scoring total, potting 46, while McGowan has the league’s assist title with 67 helpers. It was last week when McGowan broke the nearly 30-year PJHL record for assists in a single season.
Outlaws defenceman Brock Padgham is also likely to be the league’s highest scoring rearguard, with 45 points. He’s three points up on his brother Davin Padgham, who plays for the Aldergrove Kodiaks.
If the Outlaws finish first, they take on the fourth place Port Moody Panthers, and if they place second Mission takes on the Kodiaks in round one of the PJHL playoffs.