The Langley Rivermen recently put their first road trip behind them and they hope that is where it stays. The trip seemed to leave a mark on the Rivermen as they went winless in all three games. It was a tough test both mentally and physically playing three games in three nights for the young team, but it also proved to be a good learning curve.
The weekend started with a Friday night game against the Surrey Eagles – the third game in a row between the two clubs (the teams split the first two games). The rubber match featured solid goaltending in the first period with both Jim Kruger and Andrew Hunt making key saves to keep the game scoreless through twenty minutes.
In the second period, Brandon Morley scored a shorthanded marker to open up the scoring followed by a Sean McGovern goal at the14:02 mark of the period. Derek Sutliffe scored a beautiful shorthanded goal (highlights available on YouTube) in the third period to spoil the Hunt shutout with 4:17 to go in the period. Despite the nice tally, Hunt still picked up the win as the Eagles squeaked by the Rivermen by a final score of 2-1.
Eleven hours later, the Rivermen were on a ferry for a double header against the Powell River Kings on Saturday and Sunday. Never an easy trip, Langley knew they would have their work cut out for them as the Kings were undefeated at that point with a 3-0 record and also happened to be the defending Coastal Conference Champions. After a fantastic first period of Hockey by the Rivermen, and especially James Barr who had his first career start in goal, the second and third period were different stories.
Jarryd Leung, Steven Schmidt, Cohen Adair, Carter Shinkaruk, and Teegan Waugh scored five straight goals on route to a 5-0 win. Goaltender Jamie Phillips picked up his first BCHL shutout and picked up the win facing just 15 shots, in contrast to the 36 faced by Barr, who was charged with the loss.
After a short rest both teams were back it for an afternoon game at the Hap Parker Arena. The first period followed the same script as the previous game with both goalies, Jim Kruger and Sean McGuire, shutting the door for a scoreless period. Once again the Kings proved to be too much
scoring three straight goals in the second and third period to pick up their fifth straight victory of the season.
McGuire picked up his first career shutout of the season, while Kruger got handed his third loss. Although it was a much better effort on behalf of the Rivermen, the squad has now lost its last four games and now sits in 7th place in the Coastal Conference with a 1-4 record.
Next up for the Langley Rivermen is the Coquitlam Express on Friday, October 7th in Coquitlam. The Rivermen's next home game is this upcoming Saturday at the Langley Events Centre when they get the chance for revenge against the Powell River Kings. In celebration of Thanksgiving, there will a be a Turkey Bowl during the 2nd intermission! Don't miss your chance to take home a Turkey for Thanksgiving! Tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.ca – the LEC Ticket Office opens at 2pm on game days to purchase your tickets in person.