Looking at their most recent stretch of action as a whole, there were plenty of positives for the Ridge Meadows Flames.
The Flames upset one Pacific Junior Hockey League powerhouse last Wednesday, then took another to overtime on Friday to earn a single point.
Ridge Meadows’ weekend ended on a down note with a 6-2 loss Sunday to the Grandview Steelers at Burnaby Winter Club.
Against Grandview, Ridge Meadows’ Matthew Bissett opened the scoring with an unassisted marker 3:16 into the game.
The Steelers scored the next two goals of the frame to move ahead 2-1 at the intermission.
In the second period, Grandview outscored Ridge Meadows 3-1 to take a 5-2 lead into the final stanza.
Grandview’s Truman Gonzales scored the only goal of the third period to round out the scoring.
Vitalik Morozov scored the other Flames goal at the 14:15 mark of the second period.
Delta Ice Hawks 5, Flames 4 (OT)
The Flames had some momentum going into their game versus Grandview, having come off a hard-fought overtime loss to the Delta Ice Hawks at Planet Ice.
Delta’s Michael Olson-Eyre scored the OT winner 2:53 into the extra session.
Ridge Meadows’ Travis Oddy and Ryan Lisowsky staked the home team to a 2-0 lead after the first period.
The Ice Hawks owned a second period in which they outshot the Flames 14-6 and got four unanswered goals from Anthony Brito (with two), Aaron Merrick, and Grange Gordon.
But the Flames rallied in the third period with goals from Connor Redmond and Christopher Nakamura to tie the game at 4-4 and sent it into overtime.
Flames 7, Abbotsford Pilots 3
With a result few saw coming, the Flames blitzed the Harold Brittain Conference-leading Pilots 7-3 at Planet Ice.
Abbotsford led 3-2 after the first period but during the second and third periods, the Flames took over.
Ridge Meadows scored three unanswered goals in the middle frame, then tacked on two more tallies in the third period to run away with the game.
Bissett, Michael Nolan, and Adam Bartsch all had two-goal games for the home team. Bissett and Nolan added single assists to their totals. Redmond added a single for the Flames.
Oddy had four helpers while Sean Pesut recorded three assists.
Two of the Pilots’ three goals came with the man advantage.
The Flames went two-for-eight with the powerplay.
The loss hasn’t taken much of the shine off a fine season for the Abbotsford junior Bs. The Pilots sit on top of the Harold Brittain with a 27-9-0-2 record.
The Flames remain in the third place with a 13-18-2-5 mark, 16 points clear of the fourth-place Mission City Outlaws and 12 back of the second-place Aldergrove Kodiaks.
The Flames are back in action Thursday when they visit the Mission Leisure Centre to take on the host Outlaws. Game time is 7:15 p.m.