The Ridge Meadows Flames’ win some/lose some pattern continued late last week.
The local junior B squad fell 5-2 to the Richmond Sockeyes Thursday at Richmond Arena, then rebounded quickly with a 5-3 victory over the visiting North Delta Devils Friday at Planet Ice.
The Flames are 4-3-0-1 in October.
Heading into tonight’s (Tuesday, Oct. 29) game against the Delta Ice Hawks at the Ladner Leisure Centre, the Flames are 5-7-2-1 and sit alone in third place in the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s five-team Harold Brittain Conference.
Ridge Meadows head coach Jamie Fiset attributed the Flames’ continued quest for consistency to age and experience. The Flames have a whopping 14 rookies in their lineup.
“We knew going into the season with the young roster we have, and all the rookies we have, that consistency would be a challenge at times,” Fiset said. “I look at our game against Richmond and we played a pretty good game for most part. A few bad shifts in the second period was the turning point.”
Richmond Sockeyes 5, Flames 2
After a scoreless opening period, the Sockeyes socked it to the Flames during the middle frame by outscoring the visitors 4-2.
The Flames actually led 1-0 on Travis Oddy’s powerplay goal at the 7:31 mark of the second period, before the Sockeyes took control by scoring four unanswered goals in a span of 6:45, including powerplay markers 54 seconds apart.
An assisted goal from Pitt Meadows native Boston Colley – his first as a Flame – narrowed Ridge Meadows’ deficit to two goals at the 18:51 mark of the second period.
The Sockeyes’ Jackson Waniek notched his second of the night 3:26 into the third period to round out the scoring.
Fiset noted that if the Flames managed to score to make it a 4-3 game in the third period, it could have been a different result.
Flames 5, North Delta Devils 3
Up 1-0 after the opening 20 minutes, the Flames dominated the second frame, tacking on four more goals to carry a 5-0 lead into the third period.
Marco Ballerin with two, MacLean Hewitt, Dale Howell, and Brandon Inwood gave the home team a five-goal cushion heading into the final period of play.
“That’s one of the nice things about having a young roster,” Fiset said. “The guys can reset and refocus. We got off to a good start and played a very simple game from there. We’ve shown we can bounce back.”
Fiset liked the effort, in particular during in the first two periods, from his Flames.
The Devils rallied in the third period, scoring three unanswered goals, but were in far too deep of a hole at that point.
“We got a little bit sloppy in the third period and they came on pretty strong,” Fiset said. “That refocused us and we finished the finished game.”
Ridge Meadows outshot North Delta 35-26 on the night.
ICE CHIPS: A Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association product, Colley started the season with the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League before joining the Flames.
Ballarin leads the Flames in scoring with 17 points in 14 games. Oddy isn’t far behind with 15 points. Both veterans have nine goals on the season.
Tonight’s game in Ladner gets underway at 7:30 p.m.
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