The Langley Rivermen were looking to halt one streak while extending another Friday night at Coquitlam's Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre.
They accomplished both goals by doubling the host Coquitlam Express 4-2.
The win was the Rivermen's third straight victory on visiting ice, and put an end to the team's two-game losing skid.
Langley needed a bounce back effort after suffering back-to-back defeats to Penticton and Surrey at home last weekend. During those two games, the 'Men were outscored by a combined 15-3 score.
The Rivermen delivered, erasing a 2-0 first period deficit with four unanswered goals.
"I was definitely happy. They [the Express] got two quick ones in the first period, and the boys had to bear down and work to get it done," Rivermen head coach Bobby Henderson said. "They chipped away, stayed composed, and got the two points."
James Barr got the nod for the 'Men, while Cole Huggins was the starting goalie for Coquitlam.
The game did not get off to a good start for the Rivermen as Coquitlam's Adam Rossignol opened up the scoring just over a minute in.
Langley had some great opportunities to tie it up, but Huggins was stellar, stopping everything he faced.
With time winding down, Ben Israel popped home his first goal in an Express uniform off a scramble in front of Barr to make it 2-0.
The Rivermen had 11 shots, while the Express had seven after 20 minutes.
The second period was a stalemate for the first 10 minutes before Langley finally got on the board at the 12: 04 mark.
Off a faceoff in the Coquitlam zone, Trevor Cope took the puck behind the goal before putting a perfect pass on the tape of Matt Ustaski, who slid home the Rivermen's first goal of the contest.
Thirty-five seconds later, Campbell scored the equalizer on a powerplay. Off another faceoff, Mario Puskarich fed the puck to the side of the net to Campbell who made a power move on the backhand before rifling home his 11th of the year.
The Express made a severe push to get their lead back at the end of the period, which included a breakaway from Travis Stephens that was stopped by Barr.
With the third period deadlocked past the 10-minute mark, Jakob Reichert scored the eventual game winner with an incredible highlight reel effort on a Langley powerplay.
The Langley native took the puck from his own blue-line, split the defence with a pretty deke, and roofed the puck over the shoulder of Huggins while falling. It was his fourth of the season and could not have come at a bigger time.
Coquitlam had an opportunity to tie it up off the stick of Zach Pryzbek all alone in the slot, but Barr made a clutch save to keep the score at 3-2.
With under a minute to go, the Express pulled Huggins for the extra attacker, but the move did not work as Puskarich scored into the empty net for his league leading 28th marker of the season.
It was a character building, come-from-behind win and it was especially big with the standings the way it was. Langley is now three points up on Coquitlam for fourth place in the B.C. Hockey League Mainland Division.
Barr earned the win, facing 30 shots while Reichert earned first star honours with a goal and an assist.
Henderson was proud of the way his team played against a hungry Express foe.
"James [Barr] was good when he needed to be," Henderson said. "It was a good effort."
The Rivermen will look to improve upon their 16-16-1-5 record this weekend when they host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Friday (Jan. 25) and Trail Smoke Eaters on Sunday (Jan. 27) at the Langley Events Centre. Game time Friday is 7: 15 p.m. while Sunday's contest is a matinee, with a 2 p.m. opening puck drop.
Sandwiched between those home games, the Rivermen travel to Surrey on Saturday to take on the Eagles at 7 p.m.
Henderson said the Rivermen's most recent win could give them some momentum going forward.
"We're taking it game by game but it's definitely on their [the players'] minds," Henderson said, of the Rivermen's strong showing againts the Express. "They responded well after a tough weekend and this definitely helps their confidence."
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