The Langley Knights marched over the flickering Ridge Meadows Flames Thursday at the George Preston Recreation Centre.
The Knights avenged their a 7-2 loss to the Flames back on Sept. 12, by trouncing the visitors 9-3 in Pacific Junior Hockey League action.
â€œIn the first period, I thought we were okay,â€ Knights head coach John Craighead said. â€œI didnâ€™t think we overly dominated them; shots were fairly even."
The turning point came with the score tied 3-3 in the second period. Thatâ€™s when the Knights scored four unanswered goals to move ahead 7-3.
Langleyâ€™s Levi De Waal scored a pair of goals 2:02 apart to make it 5-3 Knights.
Carson Rose and Colin Catchpole, on a Knights power play, rounded out the periodâ€™s scoring.
The Flames, who trailed 3-1 after the opening frame, got goals 34 seconds apart from Andrew Strelezki and Tilton during the second minute of the middle stanza to tie the score.
Craighead was happy to see history not repeat itself.
In two of Langleyâ€™s three losses this season, theyâ€™ve been unable to hold onto a lead. The Knights led 2-0 against the North Vancouver Wolf Pack on Sept. 20 before falling 4-3, and 3-0 versus the Grandview Steelers on Sept. 28 before dropping a 6-5 decision.
â€œIâ€™m not sure if the guys took their foot off the gas a bit [against Ridge Meadows], but itâ€™s a lesson learned: you have to play the full 60 [minutes] to get the result,â€ Craighead said.
Ridge Meadows opened the scoring on a power play goal from Jordan Rendle, 3:15 after the opening puck drop.
The Knights rallied with three unanswered goals, off the sticks of Donovan Shambeau, Jacob Fricks, and Mitchell Biermann.
Biermannâ€™s goal, on a Langley power play with 2:46 remaining in the opening frame, chased Flames goaltender Kurt Klimek from the net.
â€œIf anything, I think they played their younger goaltender, perhaps thinking weâ€™d be a little bit weaker by the simple fact they had an easy time with us [in the season opener], when they scored five power play goals,â€ Craighead said. â€œThe key for us was to stay out of the penalty box.â€
The hosts scored the only two goals of the third period from Jackson Surbey and Catchpole, on a Langley power play with 2:54 to go in regulation.
Catchpole led the Knights attack with two goals and two assists. De Waal tallied twice and added a helper for a three-point night.
Things turned ugly with 44 seconds remaining in the game, with several game misconducts doled out to both teams. The Knights
Jacob Gushue was hit with a fighting major, two minute minor for instigating, and a game misconduct. By gameâ€™s end, Gushue had amassed 27 minutes in penalties.
â€œThey felt a little frustration and the game got a little bit chippy,â€ Craighead said.
Klimek, who returned to the Flamesâ€™ goal after Tyler Read surrendered three goals on 10 shots, was given a two-minute minor for leaving the crease.
Knights goaltender Nickolas Trenciansky had a strong night, stopping 33 of 36 shots.
The Knights, who relocated to Langley from North Delta during the off-season, improved to 4-3 with the win and have scored a staggering 31 goals in their four home games.
The goal totals donâ€™t surprise Craighead.
â€œItâ€™s how I built the team,â€ he said. â€œOne of the things from last year was, we had a very defensive team and had to go to trap system because we didnâ€™t have that kind of scoring power. This year we changed it up a bit and brought in some scoring, and the guys from last year have more confidence.â€
Next up for the Knights is their first trip to Aldergrove Arena to take on the defending PJHL champion Kodiaks. Game time Wednesday is 7:15 p.m.
Craighead is looking forward to seeing his team take on every team in the league, including the Kodiaks.
â€œThere are a lot of good teams that we havenâ€™t played yet, so itâ€™s hard to get a gauge on where weâ€™re at as a team,â€ he said. â€œOnce we get 20 games into the season, we tend to have idea of where weâ€™re at.â€