So far, so good for the Langley Rivermen.
The B.C. Hockey League squad leads the Mainland Division with a 2-0 record after beating the Trail Smoke Eaters 4-3 in overtime on Friday and blanking the Merritt Centennials 1-0 Sunday.
Both games were played at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack as part of the Bauer BCHL Showcase weekend.
"All in all, I was pretty happy," Rivermen head coach Bobby Henderson said. "Obviously there were a couple of small detail things, but the guys closed out both games and found ways to win. This time of the year, that's encouraging to see."
While the season is still in its infancy, Henderson has liked what he's seen thus far.
"Through the exhibition [season] and the Showcase, the guys have been playing really good hockey," Henderson said. "It's an exciting group this year."
Rivermen 4, Smoke Eaters 3 (OT) Finishing off a tic-tac-toe play involving rookie defencemen Tony Bretzman and Chris Forney, Langley captain Mitch McLain one-timed the winner past Smoke Eaters' goaltender Adam Todd just 22 seconds into the first overtime period to lift the 'Men to victory.
Trail led 1-0 after the opening 20 minutes of play before the Rivermen responded with second-period goals from Matt Ustaski and Brendon Kearney to carry a 2-1 lead into the third frame.
The Smoke Eaters sandwiched goals between Kearney's second of the night during the third stanza.
Kearney, a left winger from Northville, Mich. who captained the Detroit Honeybaked last season, had a memorable BCHL debut by scoring two goals.
"We expect him to chip in offensively," Henderson said. "He'll be a skilled two-way forward for us."
Rivermen goaltender James Barr stopped 22 of 25 shots to pick up the victory.
Rivermen 1, Centennials 0
Defenceman Mark Whiteley's powerplay goal 4:16 into the second period stood up as the winner as the Rivermen blanked the Cents to cap the weekend.
In his first BCHL game, Rivermen goaltender Brock Crosswaithe stopped all 22 shots he faced to record the clean sheet.
Crosswaithe had an especially strong third period, stopping 12 Centennials shots to close out the contest.
"I thought the guys played very well defensively," Henderson said. "Merritt comes very hard and we did a good job clearing pucks, and kept them under 30 shots."
Both goaltenders played very well over the weekend, in Henderson's opinion.
"I feel we're very solid back there," he added.
The Rivermen's next game is this Friday, Sept. 13 against the 1-1 Surrey Eagles, who are coming off a 7-3 thumping at the hands of the Vernon Vipers.
Game time at South Surrey Arena is 7 p.m. The 'Men and Eagles met in the opening round of the 2013 BCHL playoffs, with the Eagles winning the best-of-five series in four games.
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