Sunday, February 21, 2016- Township of Langley– The Langley Rivermen fell to the Victoria Grizzlies 4-0 in their last home game of the regular season on Sunday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre. Coming into the game, the Rivermen had won four out of their last five games and posted back to back wins over Prince George and Coquitlam earlier this week. Nick Trencianksy started in net for the Rivermen, while Mitchel Benson played for the Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies opened the scoring at the 5:38 mark of the first period with a goal from Joseph Visconti. 1:59 later, Keyvan Mokhtari pounced on a loose rebound and beat Trencianksy to make it 2-0. At the 9:11 mark, Dante Hahn scored his 12th of the season to extend the Grizzlies lead to 3-0 and would spell the end to Trencianksy’s afternoon, who was pulled in favour of Bo Didur. With under eight minutes to play, Nathan Looysen scored a power play goal off a cross seam pass from the right-wing off the stick of Tyler Welsh to put the Grizzlies ahead by four. A 4-0 lead was how the period would end, with the Grizzlies holding a 14-6 shot advantage.
The Rivermen played a much better second period outshooting Victoria 8-5, but could not solve Mitchel Benson. The Grizzlies brought their 4-0 lead into the final period.
The Rivermen were unable to break Benson’s shutout in the third period, as the Grizzlies hung on to their 4-0 lead and took the season series 2-0.
In the end, the four goal first period from Victoria turned out to be the difference maker. Nathan Looysen and Brayden Gelsinger had two points each in the win, while Benson stopped all 24 shots he faced. The ‘Men now own a record of 31-22-3-1 for 66 points.
The Rivermen have one game left in the regular season, which will take place in Wenatchee on Tuesday night at 7:05pm. Playoffs will start on March 4th with the opponent, dates, and times to be determined. Stay tuned to www.langleyrivermen.com for all playoff details.