Ridge Meadows Flames drop pair

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The Ridge Meadows Flames have lost four games in a row after dropping another pair of games to teams from the Tom Shaw Conference.

The Flames fell 7-2 to the Richmond Sockeyes Friday night at home before losing 3-2 to the North Delta Devils on the road on Saturday.

The Sockeyes didn’t waste any time showing Flames fans at Planet Ice in Maple Ridge why they are the top team in the PIJHL. The Sockeyes scored less than a minute into the game, and proceeded to chase Flames goalie Jordan Hospes from the net six minutes into the game, after he allowed two goals on five shots.

Wesley McLeod didn’t fare much better between the pipes, as the Sockeyes went on to score another three straight goals to take a 5-0 lead early in the third period.

Matthew Bissett got the Flames on the board with the team’s first powerplay goal in three games.

The Sockeyes responded with two goals of their own before Bissett scored his second of the night.

The Flames were looking to bounce back against the Devils on Saturday, and were able to take an early lead 13 minutes into the game thanks to a goal from Brandys.

The Devils scored on the powerplay with two seconds left in the opening frame to send the teams to the dressing room tied 1-1.

Th Flames again pulled ahead in the second thanks to Brandys’ second goal of the night.

Another Devils powerplay goal evened things up with five minutes left to play in the second period. The score remained tied for much of the third period, until Julius Ho scored the game-winner for the Devils with just over a minute to play.

The Flames pulled goalie McLeod with 25 seconds left, but were unable to get the equalizer.

The Flames are in Richmond on Thursday night for a rematch with the Sockeyes, before returning home to Planet Ice in Maple Ridge on Saturday to host the Abbotsford Pilots. Game time is 8 p.m.

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