Ryan Denney scored a team record 43rd goal over the weekend, and is on top of the PJHL scoring race. (Special to The News)

Ryan Denney scored a team record 43rd goal over the weekend, and is on top of the PJHL scoring race. (Special to The News)

Two Flames on top of PJHL scoring race with two games left

Maple Ridge players Denney and Amsler in first and second places

The Ridge Meadows Flames scored 15 goals in two wins over the weekend, and that offensive outburst has vaulted two players back atop the league scoring race.

The Flames humbled the Surrey Knights 9-0 on on Friday night in their home game at Cam Neely Arena, and then on Sunday doubled the Chilliwack Jets 6-3 in Sardis.

Ryan Denney had a hat trick on Sunday, and with three goals and five assists over the weekend is now on top of the Pacific Junior Hockey League scoring race, with 43 goals and 75 points in 42 games.

The 43 goals in a season is a record for the Flames franchise, and it also makes him the franchise’s all-time leading goal scorer.

Right behind him in the league scoring race is linemate Nicholas Amsler, who has scored 22 goals and 74 points in 42 games.

Jet Caleb Garet is a threat to a Flames scoring title, with 73 points that place him third in the scoring race.

There are just two games left to play in the regular season to decide the affair, and the Flames are at home for both. They will host the Aldergrove Kodiaks on Friday night at 7:30 p.m., and the Abbotsford Pilots on Sunday at 8:45 p.m. Both games will be at Cam Neely Arena.

Garet is fortunate to have the Knights, who bleed goals-against, as one of his Jets’ remaining opponents.

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Zac Lagrange, a player out of Pitt Meadows, also had a big weekend with three goals and four assists. That gives him 17 goals and 38 points in 42 games, which is a great rookie campaign.

Another Pitt Meadows forward, Cohen Muc, and defenceman Ryan Suzukovich, each tallied two goals and three assists over the two wins.

Marshall Elliott faced just 12 shots against Surrey, for a comparatively easy shutout win.

Daniel Zuvic made 38 saves on 41 shorts to get the win against Chilliwack. In five games with his hometown team, he has four wins, a shutout, a 1.69 goals against average and a sterling 0.940 save percentage.

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