The Ridge Meadows Flames scored four powerplay goals Friday night against the Aldergrove Kodiaks, but it wasn’t enough to knock off the top team in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League’s Harold Brittain Conference, as the Flames fell 5-4.
The Kodiaks opened the scoring nine minutes into the first period before Keenan Grant evened things up for the Flames with the team’s first powerplay goal of the night in the final minute of the period.
The Kodiaks scored a pair of goals to open the second period to take a 3-1 lead resulting in Flames goalie Wesley MacLeod getting the hook in favour of Jordan Hospes.
Hospes didn’t fare much better, as the Kodiaks scored less than two minutes later to take a three-goal lead.
However, a double-minor to Kodiaks forward Ryan Veillet opened the door for a Flames comeback midway through the period. Sean Pesut scored twice on the ensuing powerplay, bringing the Flames to within one.
Minutes later, another Kodiaks minor penalty resulted in another Flames powerplay goal, as Reece Rivard tied things up 4-4.
However, the Kodiaks retook the lead late in the period, and were able to stave off the Flames attempts to tie the game in the third.
Danny Brandys was named the game’s second star for his two-assist performance. Grant and Rivard both finished with a goal and an assist each, while Keagan Hunter, Matthew Bissett, and Adam Bartsch each picked up single helpers.
The loss was the Flames’ eighth in a row, leaving the local junior B club in last place in the PIJHL with a record of four wins and 21 losses, and putting them one point behind the Mission Icebreakers who currently hold the fourth and final Harold Brittain Conference playoff berth.
• The Flames are next in action this Thursday on the road against the Icebreakers, before returning home on Friday to host the North Delta Devils.