Tonight is an excellent opportunity for North Vancouver to add a victory to their record. Winning is something that the team hasn’t been able to do in their first two games of the season, losing 5-2 to Richmond and 5-0 to Delta, and it won’t be easy against a Flames team that is 2-0. The puck drop for tonight’s tilt is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Harry Jerome Arena. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the gate or by clicking HERE!
Ridge Meadows Flames
General Manager: Derek Bedard
Head Coach: Brent Hughes
Assistant Coaches: Marcin Hak, Mike Legg, Brett Sonne, Darrell Tumber, Bobby Vermette
Road Record: 1-0-0-0
Last Game: A 7-2 home victory against Surrey the previous night.
Goals For/Goals Against: 12 GF/3 GA (+9)
Power Play: 5/13 (38%)
Penalty Kill: 8/8
Leading Scorers: Zack Lagrange (2GP–2G–3A–5PTS), Theo Kochan (2GP– 3G–1A–4PTS)
NEW SPARKS ON THE BENCH
After making it to game seven overtime in the PJHL finals, the Flames tried to make the most of a short off-season. Two additions that the team made were acquiring two new assistant coaches. The Flames added Marcin Hak and Darrell Tumber. Hak is a local guy who played in Poland and will work with the team’s defenceman. Tumber has known head coach Brent Hughes his entire life and brings a wealth of experience to the organization.
- The Flames have taken four penalties in the first two games.
- Kieran Lige and Julian Mills scored their first PJHL goals last night.
- Theo Kochan and Pierce Whyte each scored twice in last night’s triumph over Surrey.
- Ravenstein and Foster are alternate captains from last season, and the Flames are expected to announce their captain by next week.
- Evan Fedele played for the Prince George Spruce Kings last season. The 2004-born forward is enrolled at SFU Beedie. The Coquitlam product can play anywhere in the line-up, and the team is pleased to have him.
NORTH VANCOUVER WOLF PACK
General Manager: Matt Samson
Head Coach: Mike Borrelli
Assistant Coaches: Matt Samson, Elias Godoy, Nathan Haaksma
Leadership Group: JJ Pickell (C), Ryan Hunter (A), Corson Penman (A), Matthew Carniel (A), Trevor Baron (A)
Home Record: 0-1-0-0
Last Game: A 5-0 road loss out in Delta on Thursday.
Goals For/Goals Against: 2 GF/10 GA (-8)
Power Play: 0/10
Penalty Kill: 10/13 (76.92%)
Leading Scorers: Ryan Hunter (2GP – 1G – 0A – 1PT), Rylan Oatman (2GP – 1G – 0A – 1PT)
JOHAL TRADED TO DELTA
The Wolf Pack traded 2004-born defenceman Billy Johal to the Delta Ice Hawks in exchange for future considerations after their game on Thursday.
Johal began his PJHL career with the Ice Hawks during the 2021-22 season before moving to North Vancouver six games into the year. In his first season with the club, the left-shot defenceman put up two goals and 13 assists for 15 points in 34 games. He would go on to register two assists in six additional playoff games.
Last season, the native of Delta, BC, scored twice and picked up four assists for six points in 23 games. He added two assists in his team’s Survivor Series match-up against the Grandview Steelers. In total, Johal played 67 games, including one game this year, in blue and white in the regular season and playoffs. The organization would like to thank him for his contributions and wish him luck.
- Zenon Halliday is set to make his Wolf Pack debut as an affiliate player tonight.
- Rylan Oatman scored his first goal in his PJHL debut at home last weekend against Richmond.
- North Vancouver was 1-3-0-0 against the Flames last season
- The Wolf Pack have given up five goals in their past two games.
- The Wolf Pack are still looking for their first power-play goal of the year.
- JJ Pickell is in his first season as the team’s captain.
- Ryan Hunter and Matthew Carniel serve as alternate captains when the team plays at home, while Corson Penman and Trevor Baron are alternate captains on the road.
After tonight’s game, the Wolf Pack will head to Richmond on Thursday before coming home to host Aldergrove on Saturday. The Flames pay the Trappers a visit on Wednesday and host Port Moody on Friday. These two teams will not play each other until December 15 at Cam Neely Arena.