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Flames defeat Kodiaks 4-3 in first playoffs game

Ridge Meadows Flames keeper Wesley McLeod withstood a blistering 63 shots on goal by Aldergrove Kodiaks to win the first game of the playoff series 4-3 in double overtime, Feb. 18 at Aldergrove Arena. - HARRY HUNT PHOTO
Ridge Meadows Flames keeper Wesley McLeod withstood a blistering 63 shots on goal by Aldergrove Kodiaks to win the first game of the playoff series 4-3 in double overtime, Feb. 18 at Aldergrove Arena.
— image credit: HARRY HUNT PHOTO

The Ridge Meadows Flames haven't been able to beat the Aldergrove Kodiaks in all of their junior B hockey regular season games, but on Monday night the underdogs redeemed themselves by taking the first game of the first round of playoffs into double overtime and eking out a 4-3 win.

Flames keeper Wesley McLeod was the star of the night in stopping all but three of Aldergrove's 63 shots on net, while Kodiaks keeper Mark Menicucci turned aside all but four of the Flames' 31 shots.

The game was scoreless throughout the first two periods, and Kodiak Spencer McHaffie finally got on the score sheet on a power play at 1:44 of the third. The Flames evened it up at 9:59, and Kodiak Scott McHaffie got another power play at 11:12 to put the Kodiaks ahead 2-1.

However, the Flames scored twice more at 13:42 and 15:51 on a power play to go up 3-2. It was a last minute score by Scott McHaffie that evened it up and took the game into overtime.

The Flames scored the winner on a power play in the second overtime for the 4-3 victory.

Game two is on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Aldergrove Arena.

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