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Flames dodge Pilots' brooms, force Game 5

The Abbotsford Pilots and goalie William Latimer snuffed the Ridge Meadows Flames 5-1 on Friday at MSA Arena, but the Flames stayed alive with a 4-3 win in Game 4. - John Morrow
The Abbotsford Pilots and goalie William Latimer snuffed the Ridge Meadows Flames 5-1 on Friday at MSA Arena, but the Flames stayed alive with a 4-3 win in Game 4.
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The Abbotsford Pilots had their sights set on a first-round playoff sweep, but the Ridge Meadows Flames staved off elimination on Saturday evening.

The Pilots had pushed the Flames to the brink on Friday at MSA Arena, winning 5-1 behind two goals from Bradley Parker to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven set.

The Flames, though, bounced back in impressive fashion, winning 4-3 at Planet Ice in Maple Ridge on Saturday.

Ridge Meadows opened leads of 3-0 and 4-1, with Dale Howell accounting for two of the goals and Eric Wieking mustering the lone Abby marker in response. The Pilots mounted a third-period rally, drawing to within one on goals by Braeden Monk and Jared Virtanen, but Flames goalie Tyler Read slammed the door from there.

Game 5 of the series goes Tuesday (Feb. 25) at MSA Arena at 7 p.m.

Game 6, if necessary, would be Wednesday at 8:45 p.m. at Planet Ice.

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