Flames see good depth as pre-season wraps up

The Ridge Meadows Flames beat the Delta Ice Hawks 5-4 on Saturday in their last exhibition game of the regular season.

The Ridge Meadows Flames beat the Delta Ice Hawks 5-4 on Saturday in their last exhibition game of the regular season.

They hosted the North Vancouver Wolf Pack on Friday night at Planet Ice, and lost 5-2.

“We wanted a good test on Friday night,” said coach Jamie Fiset, who used the game to evaluate rookies trying out for spots on the team.

On Saturday the roster contained only six returning players, while the rest was rookies and even minor hockey players whom Fiset is looking to affiliate.

They youngsters showed him the Flames should have some impressive depth this year.

“They gave up the first goal, but then didn’t look back,” he said.

The Flames finish exhibition action 2-2, and get ready for some meaningful action.

Now they will take on the Langley Knights on Friday night, at 7:30 p.m. at Planet Ice, in their first regular season game of the year.

During the off-season, the North Delta Devils became the Langley Knights and switched over to the Harold Brittain Conference.  To make room for the Knights, the Port Moody Panthers have shifted to the Tom Shaw Conference.

Each team will play a 44 game unbalanced regular schedule (six games versus each conference rival and four against non-conference) with the top four teams on each side advancing to the playoffs.

The Flames have traded the playing rights of Mitch Plevy to the Abbotsford Pilots in exchange for futures.  The eighteen-year-old forward played 37 games for the Flames in 2012-13; notching twelve points as a sixteen-year-old rookie.  Plevy spent last season in the BCHL with the Chilliwack Chiefs.