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Fregona’s hat-trick not enough against Wenatchee

Township of Langley, BC (Sunday, September 20 2015) –The Langley Rivermen lost to the Wenatchee Wild 5-3 on Sunday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre. It marked the first loss of the season for the Rivermen who are now 2-1-0-0, while Wenatchee remained perfect at 3-0-0-0.

After Bo Didur was forced to leave the game in the opening minutes, Nick Trenciansky came in off the bench for the first time this season. Wenatchee wasted no time getting to the goaltender, as Tyler Rockwell scored for the visitors at the 2:15 mark, with a blast from the left point. The Rivermen were able to tie the game courtesy of Justin Fregona on the power play at 7:20. Fregona was able to pounce on a loose puck behind the goal and bank his shot off the leg of Chase Perry and in to the back of the net. Matt Graham picked up the lone assist. The Wild however, got their lead back with 6:09 left in the period on Josh Bell’s first goal of the season. Wenatchee, then doubled their lead on a power play goal from their captain Mike Coyne before the first period came to an end. After 20 minutes, the Wild led 3-1 and outshot the Rivermen 12-9.

In the second period, Justin Fregona took over the game. The Mississauga native scored his second of the afternoon at the 4:46 mark, on a beautiful set up from Matt Graham, who had the only helper on the goal. Fregona was not done there, as he capped off his first career BCHL hat-trick, scoring an unassisted marker at 15:44 to tie the game at 3-3. The lead was short-lived however, as Kyle Stephan got the Wild their lead back at 17:58 of the period.

The Rivermen could not hit the score sheet in the third, as Wenatchee’s August Von Ungern scored the lone tally to make it a 5-3 final.

The BCHL Showcase begins next week in Chilliwack at the Prospera Centre. The Rivermen play the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Thursday, September 24th at 1:00PM, and close the event on Sunday, September 27th at 7:30PM against the West Kelowna Warriors. The next home game for the ‘Riv is Friday, October 2nd when they welcome the Chilliwack Chiefs at 7:15PM.

NOTES: Shots on Goal: WEN 36, LAN 20. Power play: LAN 2/5, PG 1/6. Saves/Shots: LAN – Nickolas Trenciansky 31/36 (L), WEN – Chase Perry 17/20 (W). Three Stars: 1st: LAN Justin Fregona, 2nd: WEN Kyle Stephan, 3rd: WEN Konsta Jaske.

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