The Langley Rivermen finished off a week which saw them play 3 games in 4 days and there were a lot more positives to take out of this week.
The first of the home and home with the Penticton Vees took place on Wednesday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton and it was a very strong showing from goaltender Bo Didur which kept the score closer as Didur turned aside 37 of 40 shots sent his way but in the end Langley would be on the receiving end of a 3-1 loss.
Looking to bounce back on Friday night back at the Lodge, the Rivermen would put together one of the hardest fought and exciting games played by the team thus far in the 2016-17 season. At one point in the game, Langley found themselves down by 2 goals and were able to tie things up. Then late in the contest and the goaltender pulled for the extra attacker, Andrew Dumaresque made it 4-4 and sent this one to overtime.
4 on 4 solved nothing but during the 3 on 3 unfortunate circumstances occurred for the Rivermen which lead to a breakaway for the Vees Owen Sillinger who would bury the puck behind Didur and take a 5-4 decision.
The Rivermen would finish off with a test against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Saturday at the GPRC and were looking to carry the momentum from the previous game.
In the opening 20 minutes the Rivermen would find themselves down 1-0 but then the flood gates opened up for Langley and for one of the first times this season pucks started to bounce in the favour of the hometown squad. The Rivermen would take a 3-2 lead into the final frame of regulation and a more offensive attack for the Riv as they tacked on 2 more goals midway through the 3rd period but Alberni Valley would make things interesting making it 5-3. Barrow would ice this one for Langley with an empty net goal and the Rivermen would secure their 4th win of the season with a 6-3 victory on home ice.
The win puts Langley into 3rd spot in the Mainland Division with a record of 4-7-2-1 good for 11 points and they will look to keep making strides this weekend with a road trip to Vancouver Island for games against the Victoria Grizzlies on Friday night, followed by the final meeting of the regular season on Saturday night against the Cowichan Valley Capitals and then the finale will take place Sunday afternoon in Powell River versus the Kings.
The 3 games this weekend will not be broadcast on the Rivermen Broadcast Network but you can still find the links at bchl.ca under the Schedule and Scores tab.