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Flames down league leaders

The Ridge Meadows Flames got a strong start to the second half of the junior B season on the weekend, earning an overtime win and a tie.

On Friday at Planet Ice in Maple Ridge, the Flames defeated the Delta Ice Hawks 3-2 in overtime.

Ridge fell behind 2-0 in the game, but caught back up with goals by Danny Wilson and Jordan Rendle. Then Rendle scored the game-winning goal in overtime.

Team captain Travis Oddy assisted on all three goals, and goaltender Tyler Read, back from injury, was named the game’s second star, making 29 saves.

It was an impressive win, considering that the Ice Hawks are the top team in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League, with a record of 17 wins, five losses, two overtime losses and one tie.

The next night, the Flames tied the Panthers 3-3 at Port Moody Arena. With Read pulled for an extra attacker, Nicholas Coltura scored in the last minute of the game to send it to overtime.

Marco Ballarin and Dale Howell each had a goal and an assist in the game.

Port Moody is one of the bottom dwellers in the league at 6-17-2-1, but was coming off a stretch of three wins in four games, including a victory over the tough Abbotsford Pilots.

The surging Ridge team gets another crack at Moody on Friday, this time back home at Planet Ice. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Saturday they will be at Sungod Arena to face the North Delta Devils.

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