It was not the result the Langley Rivermen were hoping for on Friday night when the team took to the ice at the newly refurbished George Preston Recreation Centre on opening night in the BCHL.
Langley came out with some jump and quickly led 1-0 1:29 in when Nic Ponak notched the first goal of the 2016/17 season but in the second half of the opening frame Chilliwack would turn the tables on the Rivermen and lead 2-1 after 20 minutes.
The Rivermen would tie things up early in the second period when Ryan Barrow capitalized on a miscue from the Chiefs and scored an easy wrap around into a yawning cage. The tie would quickly be erased on the same power play for Chilliwack who took the lead and added another with the score 5-3 after the middle frame.
Chilliwack added one more in the final frame of regulation and cruise to a 6-3 victory.
Saturday night the Langley Rivermen would take on the Coquitlam Express back at “The Lodge” only this time the Rivermen would explode offensively.
Langley would take a 2-0 lead after the first 20 minutes of the contest but the 2nd period would have the flood gates open up and the Rivermen would score 5 straight goals and take a commanding 7-0 lead at one point in the middle frame.
Late in the 2nd, on the power play, Coquitlam would get on the board and trail 7-1 going into the final period of regulation.
Both teams seemed to be going through the paces in the 3rd and the lone tally was a redirect in front off the stick of Langley’s Trevor Ayre making it 8-1 and that is how this game would end.
The victory is the first of the year for the Langley Rivermen and there were a lot of firsts for most of the guys on the team. Max Kaufman had a pair of goals and Bo Didur recorded the win in net for the Rivermen. Satchel Clendenin, Gavin Payne, Cooper Leitch, Nic Ponak and Brendan Budy rounded off the scoring.
The Rivermen will be looking for some retribution against the Chilliwack Chiefs this Saturday September 17, 2016 at the Prospera Centre in Chilliwack. Langley would love to return the favour and try and play spoiler on the Chiefs home opener. Game time is 7PM.
The game will be broadcast on the Rivermen Broadcast Network LIVE and you can tune in for FREE audio on mixlr.com/langley-rivermen or watch on Fasthockey.com Pay Per View. Pregame show begins at 6:50PM.
As for now, you’re up to date. See you at the rink.