On the road again, just can't wait to get on the road again were definitely not lyrics the Langley Rivermen sang in unison as they headed home Sunday from Powell River.
A 5-1 loss to the Powell River Kings Sunday afternoon was the 'Men's ninth setback away from home ice this season.
Eight of the Rivermen's nine wins have come at the Langley Events Centre, and following two losses in regulation time and one in double overtime over the weekend, Langley dropped to below .500 at 9-10-0-4.
The 'Men finished off a three-games-in-three-days trip to Vancouver Island by losing to four goals at Powell River's Hap Parker Arena.
The Kings led 2-0 after the first period, and moved ahead 3-0 on Matt Scarth's second of the game 12:30 into the second frame.
Langley's top scorer Mario Puskarich narrowed the deficit to 3-1 with his team-leading 13th of the season with 4:18 to play in the middle period.
Powell River restored its three-goal lead when J.P. Villeneuve scored a shorthanded marker with 1:12 to go before the second intermission.
The Kings' Jarryd Leung scored the lone goal of the third period to close out the game's scoring.
The Kings outscored the Rivermen 35-24.
The Rivermen are now on a lengthy break. They don't play again until next Tuesday, Nov. 27, when they host the Surrey Eagles at the LEC.
Cowichan Valley Capitals 4,
Rivermen 3 (double overtime)
The first meeting of the season between the Rivermen and Capitals was wild, woolly, and entertaining.
The Rivermen erased a 3-1 deficit with a pair of goals scored over the final 5:08 of regulation, only to fall in double overtime Saturday at the Island Savings Centre in Duncan.
Darren Hogg got the start in between the pipes for Langley, while Derek Dun got the call for Cowichan Valley.
The first period of the game was a feeling out process as both teams were beginning to know one another through the opening 20 minutes. Neither team could put a shot past either goaltender as Hogg and Dun stopped every shot they faced.
The scoring got started in the second period by the home team.
On a Cowichan Valley powerplay, Jarrett Brown fired a long point shot that beat Hogg through a screen in front.
With time winding down in the period, Rivermen defenceman Mark Whiteley evened up the game on a beautiful goal. The Capitals could not clear the puck in their own end and James Robinson set up Whiteley, who pinched down on the play and then snapped a laser top corner past the glove of Dun to make it 1-1 going into the third.
With the score tied in the third frame, the Capitals notched the go-ahead goal from Grant Nicholson just shy of the seven minute mark.
Then, 12:44 into the final frame, Cowichan's Troy Paterson would make it a 3-1 game on a powerplay goal from a shot from the blue line.
The Rivermen wouldn't give up as Evan Campbell scored on a beautiful breakaway move with 5:08 left in the game. Campbell took a nice touch pass at centre from Mario Puskarich and then broke free of a defender before making a beautiful deke on Dun to make it a one-goal game.
Shortly after that goal Paterson took a five minute major for slashing. That opened the door for Langley. With 2:29 to play, the Rivermen tied the game on the lengthy power play on a redirection goal from Trevor Cope. The Michigan native knocked in a point shot from Viktor Dombrovskiy that caught Dun by surprise, and the late comeback was complete.
Overtime was needed and nothing was solved in the first session, which set up three-on-three play. In the opening minute Mikael Jung took a high stick from Ustaski and a penalty shot was awarded. With the game on his stick, Jung went in and made no mistake, slipping a shot five hole on Hogg to give his team the extra point.
Dun would face 24 shots picking up the win, while Hogg took the overtime loss stopping 33 pucks.
Nanaimo Clippers 6, Rivermen 1
The opening game of the trip was a rough one for the Rivermen.
The host Nanaimo Clippers beat the 'Men by five goals at Frank Crane Arena.
Rookie goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn got the start for the Clippers in favour of reigning BCHL player of the week Jayson Argue, and the coaches' hunch paid off.
James Barr received his sixth straight start for the 'Men at the other end.
The Clippers came out flying in the first period and in a span of a couple of minutes, had an 8-1 shot advantage.
They eventually opened up the scoring on a goal from Trevor Fitzgerald, who stuffed home a loose rebound while driving hard to the net.
The 'Men netted the equalizer less than four minutes later on a goal from Matt Ustaski. The play started with Derek Sutliffe stealing the puck from Nick Gushue at the Nanaimo blueline before feeding the puck to Jakob Reichert, who then spotted a wide-open Ustaski, who buried his sixth goal of the year. There was no more scoring in the period as the Clippers outshot the 'Men 19-7.
That Ustaski marker would be it for Langley for not only the second period, but the rest of the game.
The Clippers added goals from Chris Rygus, Greg Fraser and Kevin Miller in the second frame to take a 4-1 stranglehold.
The home team put two more away in the third period and chased James Barr out of the game making way for affiliate goalie Matt Rud. The 16-year-old stopped 11 of 12 in the last 17 minutes.
Coming into the game, Nanaimo had the lowest ranked power play in the BCHL, but did not look like it, scoring three times with the man advantage.
The Rivermen just could not find their game all night and were smothered by the Clippers' strong defensive game throughout.