Township of Langley, BC (Friday, October 9, 2015) –The Langley Rivermen recorded their fourth consecutive win with a 3-0 victory over the Wenatchee Wild on Friday night at the Langley Events Centre. Coming into the game, the Rivermen had a one point lead over the Wild for first place in the Mainland Division. Wenatchee won the first meeting of the year back on September 20th.
The Rivermen got off to a fast start with Luke Voltin scoring his first goal in a Langley uniform just 56 seconds into the game. Voltin was able to pounce on a rebound in front of Wild goaltender Chase Perry and shovel the puck to the back of the net. His line-mates Trevor Ayre and Zac Masson earned the assists. During a Rivermen power play at the 8:54 mark, Ryan Barrow scored his first career BCHL goal. The Banff, Alberta native was able to spot a loose puck in the crease of Perry and made it 2-0 for the home team. Justin Szeto had the lone assist. Nick Trencianksy made sure nothing got by him in the opening period, as he stopped all 19 shots he faced.
In the second period, both goaltenders were sharp not allowing anything by them. The Rivermen’s best chance of the frame came in the dying seconds, when Max Kaufman was stopped on a breakaway by Perry. The ‘Riv gave up three power plays to Wenatchee, and were able to kill off every single one of them.
Matt Saharchuk made it a 3-0 game at the 7:39 mark of the third period, scoring a power play goal. Ben Butcher made it all happen, as he surgically stickhandled his way around a couple of Wild defenders down the left-wing, and set up Saharchuk with a cross-ice pass. For Saharchuk, it was his third straight game with a goal, and has now recorded three in four games since being acquired from Salmon Arm on October 1st. Trenciansky would lock it down the rest of the game to notch his first career BCHL shutout making 37 saves.
With the win, the Rivermen now own a 7-2-0-0 record for 14 points, and remain on top of the division. The team will look to make it five straight wins on Sunday, October 11th, when they play host to the Chilliwack Chiefs at the Langley Events Centre at 3:00pm.
NOTES: Shots on Goal: LAN 18, WEN 37. Power play: LAN 3/7, WEN 0/5. Three Stars: 1st: LAN Nicholas Trenciansky, 2nd: LAN Matt Saharchuk, 3rd: LAN Alec Capstick.