Flames rookies impress

The Ridge Meadows Flames start exhibition season with win over Delta Icehawks.

The Ridge Meadows Flames opened the junior B exhibition season Friday at home with a 9-4 win over the Delta Icehawks.

Halen Cordoni, who played for the Ridge Meadows midget A1 team last season, led the Flames with five assists.

“That’s pretty impressive,” said Flames head coach and general manager Jaime Fiset.

He added that Cordoni not only has good vision for a player his age, but that he warmed quickly to the hitting and intensity of the junior B game.

“It was just an outstanding game from him.”

Fiset was impressed by another prospect, 16-year-old Trey Cadwell, who scored in the game.

“He’s a solid, two-way player,” Fiset said. “He works hard. Just everything you like in a young player.”

Returning players Jake Holland, Nicholas Maydaniuk and Michael Bell also played well, each scoring a goal.

The Flames took a 4-0 first-period lead, then scored twice more in the second frame and added three in the third.

Fiset the game was closer than the score reflects, and that Delta’s goalie struggled.

He expects Friday’s contest against the Aldergrove Kodiaks to be closer, and in which he’ll sit more veterans to give the younger players a closer look.

The Flames host the Aldergrove Kodiaks Friday at Planet Ice in Maple Ridge, 7:30 p.m.