Ridge Meadows Flames take three out of four

The Ridge Meadows Flames enjoyed a second straight weekend where they took three out of a possible four points in the standings.

The Ridge Meadows Flames enjoyed a second straight weekend where they took three out of a possible four points in the standings.

The local junior B squad tied the Richmond Sockeyes 2-2 on Friday night at Planet Ice.

Taylor Seganfreddo  and Andrew Stelezki both scored for the Flames, while Paul Tucek made 26 saves on 28 shots.

The tiebreak system in the Pacific Junior Hockey League sees teams play five minutes of four-on-four hockey, followed by another five minutes of three-on-three, so ties are rare.

Coach Bayne Ryshak said the two clubs swapped chances in a back-and-forth first session, then the Flames benefited from a four-minute power play in the second OT.

“We probably deserved the extra point, but their goalie made some great saves,” he said.

Through 144 games this year, it was just the second tie in the league.

On Saturday at the Port Moody arena, the Flames beat the Panthers 3-2.

Jack Stradiotti made 25 saves on 27 shots to get the win in goal.

Seganfreddo had a goal and an assist in the game, and now has three goals and six points in five games since coming over from the North Vancouver Wolf Pack.

“He’s excited about the new opportunity, and really taking advantage,” said Ryshak.

Strelezki and Tristan Tressel also scored, and Halen Cordoni and defenceman Ryan Wellburn each had two assists.

Ryshak said Seganfreddo has joined with Cordoni and Ryan MacDonald to form a potent line. Cordoni, a Pitt Meadows resident, is building on last year’s successful campaign, and has put up nine goals and 27 points in 29 games.

“He’s always around the puck, and he’s creative when he gets it,” said Ryshak. “And he’s got one of the best shots on our team.”

The Flames will host the Grandview Steelers on Friday night, at 7:30 p.m. at Planet Ice.

Grandview is in second place in the Tom Shaw Conference, and the game is the start of a tough stretch for the Flames. Over the next seven games, they will play only the league’s four best teams, which are in the top four spots in the Pacific Junior Hockey League.

Ryshak said the Flames off-ice staff don’t spend time fretting over the schedule.

“We have a belief we can go into any hockey game and compete,” he said. “Our goal is to catch Abbotsford [for second in the Harold Brittain Conference], so it’s good we play them twice.”

 

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