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Struggling Flames drop two more
Two more losses have compounded a lacklustre 2014 year for the Ridge Meadows Flames.
They had been the hottest team in the Pacific Junior Hockey League, but January put them into an icebox, and they just finished up the month with three wins and seven losses.
On Thursday, they were embarrassed 5-1 by the Richmond Sockeyes, and team that is one point out of first place, and has a game in hand.
Brandon Inwood scored the lone goal, and Lucas Vampa and Joe Olson assisted.
Friday brought a 3-2 loss to the Port Moody Panthers, a team that is vying for last place in the league. The Flames were outshot 11-1 in the third period, and 35-17 overall, and the Panthers scored the winning goal while shorthanded.
Travis Oddy and Michael Bell scored for the Flames, with assists by Howell, Boston Colley and Jordan Rendle.
They drop to 16-19-3-2 on the season, and have lost four straight.
There are now just four games left in the regular season.
The Flames will be at the Aldergrove Community Arena tonight (Feb. 5) to take on the Aldergrove Kodiaks at 7:15 p.m. They will play the Mission City Outlaws on Friday night at Planet Ice, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Three Flames players took part in the annual PJHL Prospects Game, which is intended to be a showcase of the league’s top talent. It was hosted by the Delta Ice Hawks on Jan. 28.
Goaltender Kurt Klimek played 28 minutes of the game, and allowed one goal on 16 shots. Nick Coltura, Joe Olsen, Dale Howell and Boston Colley were other players who skated for the Brittain Conference. They lost 4-1 to the Shaw Conference.
Colley was named the most valuable player for the Brittain Conference. He has been having a fine season for the Flames, with 20 points in 25 games. Howell leads the team with 35 points in 36 games.
The Shaw MVP was Richmond Sockeye John Wesley, who scored twice.