A late second period goal from Spencer McHaffie — only two seconds remained before intermission — gave the Aldergrove Kodiaks the lead for good in game two of their playoff series.
McHaffie’s goal put the junior B hockey club up 3-2 after 40 minutes and the Kodiaks struck three more times in the third to defeat the Ridge Meadows Flames 6-3 on Wednesday night at the Aldergrove Arena.
Coupled with the Kodiaks’ 8-2 victory in game one, and Aldergrove has jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Pacific International Junior Hockey League playoff series.
Twice in the game, the Flames took the lead, but both times, Aldergrove struck back.
Ridge Meadows’ Matthew Bissett opened the scoring 2:43 into the contest, but Colton Precourt pulled the home side on even terms with a goal late in the frame.
Reece Rivard again put the Flames up by a goal with a power play tally midway through the second.
Jordan Pughe tied the game with less than two minutes to go in the period and then McHaffie put the Kodiaks up for good.
In the third, Matthew Luongo and Matthew Lloyd scored 1:17 apart.
The Flames’ Adam Bartsch made it 5-3 before Pughe scored his second of the night.
Ryan Prosyshyn had three assists for the Kodiaks.
Ross Baadsvik stopped 42 of the 45 shots he faced.
The series now shifts to Maple Ridge’s Planet Ice for games three and four on Friday (March 2) and Monday (March 5).