The Ridge Meadow Flames continue to climb in the standings after strolling into the Ladner Leisure Centre and knocking off the Delta Ice Hawks 4-1 on Tuesday, Nov. 10.
The Flames, a team that usually gives up more shots than it gets, reversed that trend, taking the game to the Ice Hawks, firing 49 shots on net, including 19 in the opening frame.
The Flames Jake Holland opened the scoring on the power play midway through the first period. Dale Howell and Nolan Ferguson picked up helpers. Holland leads the Flames in scoring this year, with 10 goals and nine assists.
Despite being outplayed, the Ice Hawks tied the game with just under three minutes left in the first,
The Flames capitalized on the power play again with 1:53 left in the second period thanks to a goal from 6’5’’, 235-pound forward Bradley Crompton, with assists going to Holland and Jacob Cronin.
Ridge scored with just 20 seconds left in the middle frame to jump ahead 3-1 when Nicholas Maydaniuk buried a feed from Holland and Howell.
Crompton rounded out the scoring with his second of the game with just under two minutes left in the third.
Flames netminder Jake Hollett was named the game’s first star. Howell was named second star, while Crompton made it a clean sweep taking the third star honours.
The win improved the Flames record to seven wins and eight losses, with one tie and two overtime defeats.
The team opened the season with a 5-4 overtime win over the Ice Hawks, then lost three straight, including a 10-2 drubbing at the hands of the Port Moody Panthers.
However, the team’s fortunes turned when they picked up Regina Pats’ prospect Hollett. At 6’5” and 185 pounds, the 16-year-old was the Regina Pats first pick in the 2014 bantam drafter, going 13th overall.
Crompton is also making his presence on the score sheet felt this year. The hulking forward is second in team scoring with six goals and nine assists.
The Flames sit fourth in the Harold Brittain conference standings with 17, just one point back of Aldergrove. Mission leads the division and the league with 33, with Abbotsford in second with 25.
• The Flames are on the road to take on the Abbotsford Pilots on Friday, Nov. 13.