Ridge Meadows Flames still struggling to find their first victory

The Ridge Meadows Flames are still without a win or even a single point after starting the 2011/12 Pacific International Junior Hockey League season with seven straight losses.

Friday saw the Flames lose 4-3 to the Port Moody Black Panthers at home, before losing 5-1 to the Abbotsford Pilots on Saturday.

The Flames currently sit last in the PIJHL standings with zero points, but are just one point out of a playoff berth. Sitting in fourth place in the Harold Brittain Conference are the Mission Icebreakers, with one point.

The Flames had their biggest offensive output of the season Friday at home as Peyton Lupul, Adam Bartsch, and Paul Piluso each scored to give the Flames a 3-2 lead late in the third period.

However, the Port Moody Black Panthers special teams capitalized on the power play to even things up with less than seven minutes to play, before scoring the go-ahead goal short-handed three minutes later.

The regulation loss meant the Flames were denied not only their first win of the season, but their first point.

The Flames fortunes did not improve Saturday night as they lost 5-1 to the Abby Pilots.

The Pilots opened up a four-goal lead in the first period. The Pilots scored twice on five shots on starting goaltender Tyler Klassen, prompting him to get the hook just nine and a half minutes into the game. The shake-up had little effect on the Flames, as back-up goalie Jordan Eggert allowed Abby their third goal of the game just seconds later.

Former Ridge Meadows Flame Ryan Stewart scored on the power play not two minutes later to put the Pilots ahead by four.

Trevor Harris managed to get the Flames on the board in the second period, but in a story consistent for the team early on this season, one goal was not enough.

The Flames have managed to score just eight goals in seven regular season games, getting shut out twice in that span.

The team’s top scorer, Peyton Lupul, has managed just two goals so far this season. Meanwhile, the Flames are averaging six goals a game against, the worst in the league.

The Flames will try to right the ship this Friday in a rematch with the Abbotsford Pilots at home at Planet Ice. Game time is at 7:30 p.m.

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