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Flames special teams burn Kodiaks

Goals 53 seconds apart — albeit in different periods — helped snap a 2-2 tie and send the Ridge Meadows Flames to victory in game three of their playoff series.

The Flames, were down 2-0 to the Aldergrove Kodiaks in the best-of-seven junior B playoff series, recorded a 5-2 victory on Friday night at Maple Ridge's Planet Ice.

The Kodiaks had won 8-2 and 6-3 in the first two games of the series, which were both at the Aldergrove Arena.

Ridge Meadows used dominant special teams to get back in the series, scoring twice with the man advantage, and twice while short-handed, although the second one was into an empty net.

The Flames' Marco Ballarin had the only goal of the first and Paul Piluso doubled the lead 8:37 into the second.

Scott McHaffie and Matthew Luongo scored 5:47 apart — the latter goal on the power play — to give the Kodiaks new life.

But with just 26 seconds to go before intermission, Keagan Hunter put Ridge Meadows ahead to stay.

Matthew Bissett made it 4-2 27 seconds into the third before Hunter scored into the empty net.

Game four of the series is March 5 at Planet Ice.

The series returns to the Aldergrove Arena on March 7 for game five.

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