The Ridge Meadows Flames’ 2012/13 season is just around the corner.
Maple Ridge’s junior B hockey team hosts the Mission City Outlaws in its final pre-season game this Saturday, Sept. 1, at Planet Ice. Game time is 7 p.m.
After Saturday, the Flames has fewer than two weeks to prepare for their Pacific International Junior Hockey League season opener.
The Flames open the season on the road, at Aldergrove Arena against the Kodiaks, on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Game time is 7:15 p.m.
Ridge Meadows’ home opener is two days later, Friday, Sept. 14, when the Flames host the Mission City Outlaws. That game gets underway at 7:30 p.m. at Planet Ice.
The Flames are celebrating their home opener by hosting a pre-game party.
The team’s seventh annual pregame tailgate party should be tasty. A ticket gets at fan a free burger and pop .And the Great A&W Root Bear will be in attendance.
The barbecue starts at 5:30 p.m., two hours before the Flames/Outlaws games.
The Flames struggled in 2011/12, finishing fifth in the six-team PIJHL with a 11-32-0-1 mark. The record was good enough to lift the Flame into the first round of the playoffs, where they fell in six hard-fought games to the Aldergrove Kodiaks.