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PREVIEW: North Vancouver Wolf Pack vs. Ridge Meadows Flames (Game #19)

Tonight at the Cam Neely Arena, the North Vancouver Wolf Pack return to action for their second meeting of the season against the Ridge Meadows Flames. 

 

Ridge Meadows Flames

OVERVIEW

Head Coach: Brent Hughes

Record: 13-4-1-0

Home Record: 6-1-1-0

Last Game: A 4-2 home win against the Chilliwack Jets on November 5.

Goals For/Goals Against: 89 GF/50 GA (+39)

Power Play: 14/61 (27.95%)

Penalty Kill: 17/58 (70.69%)

Leading Scorers: Nicholas Amsler (18GP – 12G – 22A – 34PTS), Ryan Denney (18GP – 20G – 10A – 30PTS), Zack Lagrange (18GP – 6G – 11A – 17PTS)

Jack is Back

Having played his previous two seasons of PJHL hockey with the Wolf Pack, forward Jack Steffens is a familiar face to North Van fans. IN 16 games so far this season, the native of Coquitlam, BC has found the back of the net 4 times and has recorded 11 assists which is good for 15 points. As a 2001 born player, Jack is in his last year of junior hockey. He hopes to make his last year a memorable one and would like to make this game against his former team a memorable one too.

Coach Hughes

On May 5, 2021 the Ridge Meadows Flames announced that Brent Hughes will be the team’s Head Coach for the season. Brent played 357 NHL games for the Winnipeg Jets, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, & New York Islanders. Before stepping behind the bench for a PJHL game, his coaching resume included both the CHL & NAHL. Coach Brent’s team has a 13-4-1-0 record and sits tied for second place in the league with the Langley Trappers.

 

NORTH VANCOUVER WOLF PACK

OVERVIEW

Head Coach: Matt Samson

Record: 14-3-0-1

Road Record: 8-2-0-0

Last Game: A tough 5-4 defeat in Chilliwack against the Jets on November 7.

Goals For/Goals Against: 78 GF/39 GA (+39)

Power Play: 16/78 (20.51%)

Penalty Kill: 8/65 (87.69%)

Leading Scorers: JJ Pickell (18GP – 17G – 9A – 26PTS), David Coyle (17GP – 12G – 13A – 25PTS), Ryan Hunter (18GP – 3G – 16A – 19PTS)

 

Italian Stallion

Scoring twice and recording one assist, Wolf Pack defenceman Sebastiano Biagi led his team in points in Sunday night’s 5-4 loss against the Jets in Chilliwack. This season, Biagi has 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points in 17 games. Weighing 200lbs and measuring 6’3 the 2003 born player from North Vancouver has had a great start to the season during his rookie campaign.

 

First of Three

This is the first of three straight games for the North Vancouver Wolf Pack. After the game tonight, the Pack take on the Grandview Steelers at Harry Jerome on Saturday at 7:00 before concluding the weekend by hosting the White Rock Whalers at 7:00, as well. It will be interesting to see how the Wolves are able to do considering their long weekend and the tough teams that they will be facing. Regardless, three games in three nights is always exciting and this weekend should be no different!

 

Final Words

The Wolf Pack and Flames are only scheduled to play against one another twice this season. These two teams have already played one of those games earlier this season when the Wolf Pack edged out the Flames on October 9 by a 1-0 score. The Flames (13-4-1-0) and Wolf Pack (14-3-0-1) match up very well against one another making the lead up to tonight’s game very exciting as the game should be a very tight and hard-fought game. The puck drops in Ridge Meadows tonight at 7:30.