The road trip continued for the Langley Rivermen when they made their first venture of the season to the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena in Prince George to take on the Spruce Kings in back to back games.
The first game took place on Thursday night and was quite the seesaw battle between the 2 hockey clubs. It was 1-1 after 1 period and tied at 2 after the middle frame but the 3rd period is when things would open up.
Langley would strike 30 seconds in and take the lead off the stick of Andrew Dumaresque and this goal would seem to wake the hometown Spruce Kings up as they took over scoring 3 unanswered goals on route to a 5-3 victory.
Satchel Clendenin and Angus Crookshank would tally for Langley and Bo Didur took the loss.
Looking to return the favour on Friday night, the Rivermen would try and turn the tables and focus on closing the gap in the Mainland Division Standings.
Prince George would take a 1-0 lead late in the first and would stay that way until the final period of regulation when McKay Flanagan would tie things up for Langley and send this to overtime.
4 on 4 would solve nothing but in 3 on 3 PG goaltender Tavin Grant would get caught out of the net and Zac Masson would capitalize handing the win to the Rivermen and narrowing the gap to just 5 points behind the Spruce Kings.
On Sunday, the Rivermen hosted an injury depleted Coquitlam Express at the Lodge. Coquitlam has been struggling as of late with the amount of regulars out of the lineup due to injury. The Express came into the contest winless in their last 17 games and most notably coming off a 12-0 loss to the Wenatchee Wild on Wednesday night.
Langley was looking to strike often and early as it was Teddy Bear Toss night. The fans had to wait longer than anticipated as it was scoreless after 20 minutes. It didn’t take long though in the 2nd period as Frank Boie registered his 4th of the season and the bears flew.
The Rivermen would tally twice more in the middle frame and take a 3-0 lead into the final 20 of regulation. The 3rd period started most of the same for the hometown Riv and they scored 3 more times taking a commanding 6-0 lead before Coquitlam would finally put one past Bo Didur. It was too little too late for the Express and this game would end in a 6-1 win for Langley.
With the win the Rivermen have registered at least a single point in 3 out of 4 games in the month of December and they will be looking to keep this pace up when they welcome the Merritt Centennials on Tuesday night followed by a HUGE divisional tilt with the Chilliwack Chiefs on Wednesday night both at the GPRC. Game time for both games is 7:15PM.