The Ridge Meadows Flames lost 5-3 in Langley on Wednesday night, and will be back in action on Friday night, Jan. 27, hosting the North Vancouver Wolf Pack.
Theo Kochan, Pierce Whyte and Zack Lagrange scored for the Flames on Wednesday against their Langley rivals, who they are battling for first place in the Harold Brittain Conference.
It was essentially a one-goal game, but with the Flames down 4-3, Langley’s Hayden Yahn got an empty netter for his hat trick goal.
With the win, the Trappers move well ahead of the Flames in the standings, as they have 64 points to 57 by the Flames. Both teams have played 41 games. The Flames have only seven games left on the schedule to reel in the Trappers, but the two meet in their final regular season game on Feb. 10 at Cam Neely Arena.
• Kochan, the Flames talented rookie out of Pitt Meadows, was named a player of the week in the Pacific Junior Hockey League for the week ending Jan. 22, after his five-point outing against Alderdrove. Kochan now has 36 goals and 68 points in his rookie season.
WEEK 19 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK! 🏆
Zach Sherwin – @WRWhalersHockey
Brendan Williamson – @ChilliwackJets
Theo Kochan – @flamesjunior
Congratulations to all your hard work this past week and helping your teams succeed 🏒🚨#madeofhockey #playersoftheweek #thepjhl pic.twitter.com/wxmMlmYYxl
— PJHL (@ThePJHL) January 25, 2023
• The PJHL has announced that a new franchise will be playing in Port Coquitlam next season. The club, which does not yet have a name, will play out of the newly renovated Port Coquitlam Community Centre (PCCC), in the Jon Baillie Arena which seats 780 spectators. It will be the PJHL’s 14th franchise, owned by a group headed by Rob Toor.
Welcome back Port Coquitlam to @ThePJHL !! https://t.co/j0L3cj4xIo
— Ridge Meadows Flames (@flamesjunior) January 27, 2023
“We are proud to welcome a new franchise in Port Coquitlam to our league,” said PJHL commissioner Trevor Alto. “Rob and his partners have shown us they are prepared to do what it takes to run a successful team so it made sense to offer Junior hockey to players and fans in that community.”
• The Flames have two games at Cam Neely Arena this weekend. They host the Wolf Pack on Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m., and will also host the Mission City Outlaws on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 8:45 p.m.
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