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Flames can avenge blowout tonight against Pilots

Flame Mitchell Plevy backchecks against Pilot Dylan Cusmano on Friday. The teams have a rematch tonight, 7:30 p.m. at Planet Ice. - John Morrow Black Press
Flame Mitchell Plevy backchecks against Pilot Dylan Cusmano on Friday. The teams have a rematch tonight, 7:30 p.m. at Planet Ice.
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The only good thing a Flames fan can say about the Junior B team’s 9-2 humiliation at the hands of the Abbotsford Pilots: At least Ridge doesn’t have to wait long to get another crack at them.

The top team in the Harold Brittain Conference will be in Albion tonight (Wednesday) for a rare Flames’ midweek game. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

“We didn’t come prepared, and we couldn’t keep the puck out of our net,” GM/coach Jamie Fiset said of Friday night’s mugging in Abbotsford.

He was quick to forgive his team, after Ridge downed the North Delta Devils 4-2 on Saturday night at Sungod Arena.

“It was like watching two different teams,” said Fiset.

Matt Bissett scored twice against the Devils, a solid team that has gone 18-16-3-1 on the season.

With a goal against the Pilots, Bissett now has 20 on the season, and leads his team in scoring with 32 points in 34 games.

He has been on a great scoring run, with eight goals in his past six games.

But on Saturday, Fiset was more impressed with his sniper’s work when he doesn’t have the puck.

The coach has found that Bissett plays his best when he’s involved in the game, including the penalty kill. While down a man, Bissett had five blocked shots against the Devils.

“Normally your goal scorers aren’t kinds of guys who block a lot of shots,” the coach said.

Fiset also praised the work of his second line, which puts some sizzle in the Flames offence.

Sean Pesut had a goal and an assist, and Michael Nolan had two assists.

Connor Redmond also scored.

Fiset also gave a shout out to his goaltender R.J. Bruni, who stopped 28 of 30 shots: “He played extremely well in getting us the win.”

The Pilots have the second best record in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League at 26-8-2-0, compared with Ridge’s 12-17-4-2. Fiset said his team looks forward to tonight’s game as a chance to show that the difference between these two teams is not 9-2.

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