The Prince George Spruce Kings made the Langley Rivermen dig deep on the weekend for a pair of close wins.
The Rivermen needed every last second to escape with a 4-3 win over Prince George on Sunday afternoon at the Langley Events Centre.
The Rivermen put together a better 60-minute effort in game two of the double-header.
It was a battle of the number two goalies, as Darren Hogg received his second start of the campaign for Langley, while 16year-old Liam McLeod started between the pipes for Prince George.
The Rivermen got out the gates with an early goal from Trevor Cope at the 2: 01 mark of the first frame. Cope swatted at a loose puck in front of the goal that went off a Spruce King's skate and bounced into the back of the net.
Just over four minutes later, Matt Ustaski notched his first BCHL goal.
The Rivermen would extend the lead to three as Austin Azurdia fired home his third goal of the weekend - chasing McLeod from the game early.
The Spruce Kings would get on the board before the 15-minute mark on a two-man advantage on a one-time blast from Bradley Ryan from the point. However, the 'Men would take a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes.
The second period had no goals scored from either side.
With a 3-1 lead and time winding down in the third, it looked like the Rivermen had it in the bag. Not quite though, as Justin Rai scored back-to-back goals just 55 seconds apart to shock the home crowd. When it looked like the game was headed for overtime, Austin Azurdia had different plans. With one last rush of the game, the Wenatchee native made a spectacular toe drag move around Mitch Eden and roofed the puck top corner with just 0.3 seconds on the clock. It was the highlight of the year so far.
The Langley Rivermen pulled out a late 3-2 win against Prince George Saturday.
The first period did not generate much as only 17 shots were directed on goal between both teams. In the dying minutes the Spruce Kings got on the board on a power play goal by Coltyn Hansen who shoved home a loose rebound in front of James Barr to open the scoring.
The second period was a scoreless one between the two teams, which set up an entertaining third. Azurdia broke up the goose egg on a shorthanded breakaway to even the game at one. He stole the puck in his own zone and raced down the ice past the defense and made a slick one on one move on Thompson to send the crowd into a frenzy.
The tie would not last long as the Spruce Kings got that one back on the man advantage.
The Rivermen would need some late heroics yet again and they got it just as their power play expired. Bo Pellah took the puck down low from the point and fed a pass in front of the goal to Azurdia.
Just under two minutes later the Rivermen would get their first lead of the game, thanks to Derek Sutliffe. Jakob Reichert stole the puck at the PG blue line and let a snap shot go that was tipped by Sutliffe on its way to the net.
Results from Wednesday's game against the Chilliwack Chiefs were not available due to press deadlines.
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