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Riv complete successful weekend; Defeat Eagles 5-2

Township of Langley, BC (Sunday, November 1, 2015) – The Langley Rivermen made it two consecutive wins over the weekend with a 5-2 victory over the Surrey Eagles on Sunday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre. It marked the third meeting of the season between the two cross town rivals, with the season series knotted up at one win a piece coming into the game. Nick Trencianksy started in net for the Rivermen, while newly acquired Forbes Ploszaj played for the Eagles.

The Rivermen opened the scoring at 10:28 with a power play goal from Matthew Graham. The second year forward was able to pounce on a rebound off a point shot and put away his seventh goal of the season. Campion and Ginnetti earned the assists. Graham’s goal would be the only one of the period, as the Riv took a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes and were ahead in the shot count 15-5.

In the second, Matty Saharchuk scored a power play goal at the 1:51 mark. Graham was able to spot Saharchuk near the side of the goal with a great cross ice pass and made no mistake burying his eighth of the year. At 10:44, the Eagles got on the score sheet with a goal on a two man advantage, courtesy of Paul McAvoy. With less than four minutes to go, Matthew Graham scored a shorthanded marker to make it 3-1 Rivermen. Graham followed up a Max Kaufman breakaway chance and fired in the rebound for his second of the game. However, the two goal lead was short lived, as Donovan Ott capitalized on a Surrey power play to cut the deficit to one after 40 minutes.

The Riv played a fantastic third period and scored the only two goals between the teams. Justin Szeto got on the board at 12:34 after Max Kaufman and Adam Sinclair did phenomenal work behind the Surrey net to get the puck to Szeto in the slot. Those two received the assists on Szeto’s seventh of the season. John Schuldt put the game away with his first career BCHL goal at 14:20. Alec Capstick slid the puck to Schuldt at the Surrey blue line, and the big defenseman walked in and fired a perfect shot past the blocker of Ploszaj.

Matthew Graham led the charge offensively with two goals and an assist and racked up a total of five points in two games over the weekend. The Rivermen now lead the season series with Surrey, and move to 11-6-0-0 on the year. Through this current four game home stand, the ‘Men are 2-0 and will take on the Eagles again on Thursday, November 5th.

NOTES: Shots on Goal: LAN 37 30, SUR 24. Power play: LAN 2/3, SUR 2/6. Three Stars: 1st: LAN Matthew Graham, 2nd: LAN Max Kaufman, 3rd: LAN Alec Capstick.

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