Junior B Flames lose seventh in a row

Ridge Meadows downed by Abbotsford Pilots 5-3

Newly-signed goaltender Jordan Hospes had a busy night in net as he and the Ridge Meadows Flames faced his former team, the Abbotsford Pilots, Saturday.

Hospes faced 53 shots as the Flames lost 5-3 on the road, the seventh loss in a row for the local junior B hockey club.

After a scoreless first period, the Pilots opened the scoring two minutes into the second.

Keagan Hunter tied things up for the Flames four minutes later, but a late goal by Abbotsford gave the home team a 2-1 lead going into the third.

The Pilots unleashed 24 shots on Hospes in the final frame as they scored three unanswered goals to pull ahead 5-1.

A pair of goals, by Cory Dubbeldam and Paul Piluso, late in the period brought the Flames to within two. The Flames pulled Hospes in the final minute for an extra attacker, but were unable to even the score.

Danny Brandys, Kyle Jangula, Matthew Bissett, and Alexander Smith each registered assists.

The loss came just 24 hours after the Flames hit the 50-shot mark themselves against the Port Moody Black Panthers at home. However, despite the barrage unleashed on Panthers goalie Zachary Station, the Flames let a two-goal lead slip away, losing the game 5-4.

A pair of goals by Bissett gave the Flames a two-goal lead in the first period. Port Moody scored to draw within one before the intermission, but Sean Pesut restored the two-goal lead seven minutes into the second period.

The Panthers scored midway through the period, and once again the Flames responded with a goal to restore their lead, this time off the stick of Hunter.

However, it was all Panthers after that as they scored three unanswered goals and the Flames struggled to keep the puck out of their net.

Flames goalie Wesley McLeod stopped 13 of 18 shots, allowing two goals on the four shots he faced in the third period.

Brandys finished with three assists, while Dean Gilmore and Dubbeldam picked up a single assist each.

Bissett was named the game’s second star for his three-point effort. Pesut managed a pair of assists, giving him three points as well.

• The Flames are back in action this Friday as they face the Harold Brittain Conference-leading Aldergrove Kodiaks at Planet Ice in Maple Ridge. Game time is at 7:30 p.m.

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