The South Okanagan Flames were handed a 19-16 defeat against the Vernon Tigers at Penticton’s Memorial Arena Monday. Tied at seven after the first period and leading by one (11-10) after two periods, the Tigers outscored the Flames 9-5 in the third. Mitch Walton led the Flames’ attack with five goals and 10 points, while Nick Kapusty added three goals and five points. Dean Grimm and Brad Stel stopped a total of 51 shots. “Defense continues to be an area that the Flames need to improve upon in order to improve in the standings,” said Flames coach Tony Ramsay, whose team lost the before 20-9. to the Kamloops Venom. The Flames next home game is Sunday at Memorial Arena at 3 p.m. against the Armstrong Shamrocks.