A 5-1 drubbing of the first-place Grandview Steelers on Sunday has the Ridge Meadow Flames thankful for some much needed help between the pipes.
The Flames topped the top seed in the Tom Shaw conference and took home four of a possible six points over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Bradley Crompton paced the Flames with two goals in the third period to put the game out of reach and 16-year-old rookie goalie Jordan Hollett stopped 28 of 29 shots in the win.
The pair were named first and second stars, respectively.
Hollett was the first round pick, 13th overall, of the Regina Pats in the 2014 bantam draft. Hollett played for Team B.C. at the Canada Winter Games in Price George in February, where Flames head coach Jamie Fiset was an assistant.
The Flames opened the weekend with a much-needed 4-2 road win over the cellar-dwelling Langley Knights on Thursday, Oct. 8. Rookie defenceman Nolan Ferguson lead the Flames with a natural hat trick, including the game winner, to grab the two valuable points.
The Flames are fourth place in the Harold Brittain division with nine points, two behind the third place Abbotsford Pilots, and four behind the Aldergrove Kodiaks.
The Mission City Outlaws are in alone in first with 19 points.
Ferguson was named the game’s first star in Langley and sits third in team scoring with four goals and four assists in 10 games, while Hollett picked up his first win in the PJHL, turning aside 39 shots.
Twenty-four hours later, the Flames were back on home ice to take on division rivals Aldergrove, with Jason Sandhu in net. The Ridge goalie did everything possible to keep his team in the game, making 39 saves. But it wasn’t enough as the Kodiaks won 3-1.
The Flames mustered only eight shots in the first two periods before registering nine in the third.
Sandhu was the lone bright spot for the Flames and earned the game’s third star.
• The Flames host the Abbotsford Pilots on Friday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m.