In a showdown between the top two teams in the Pacific Junior Hockey League, it was the league’s leading scorer who made the difference.
Stephen Ryan had four points to lead the Aldergrove Kodiaks to a 5-4 victory over the Richmond Sockeyes.
Ryan, who was already leading the junior B hockey league with 36 goals and 73 points in 38 games, struck for goals 73 seconds apart to tie the game and Jonathan Philley netted the winner with 11 minutes to play.
Elvis Jansons and Aaron Markin had the other Kodiak goals while Jordan Liem made 28 saves for the victory.
Aldergrove scored three times in the final period to erase a 4-2 deficit in the game, which was played Jan. 29 at the Aldergrove Arena.
Ryan earned first star for his efforts while Kodi Schwarz was third star for his pair of assists.
The win snapped a brief two-game losing streak — the first time all season Aldergrove had dropped consecutive games — and improved the Kodiaks to 39-6-2-2 and 62 points with five games left to play.
The Sockeyes (27-5-3-2, 59 points) are three points back, but do have two games in hand.
Remaining games for the Kodiaks are away at Mission City Outlaws, Jan. 30; hosting the Ridge Meadows Flames, Feb. 5; away at North Delta Devils, Feb. 8; hosting the Abbotsford Pilots, Feb. 12; and away at Port Moody Panthers, Feb. 15.