Langley Knights tied for top spot in Harold Brittain Conference

It was shaping up to be a dominant month for the Langley Knights.

Now they’re looking to snap a two-game losing skid.

The Knights – who with a 15-12-1-1 record are tied with the Abbotsford Pilots for top spot in the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s Harold Brittain Conference – won their first three games of December, edging the Grandview Steelers 5-4 in overtime Dec. 4, the Ridge Meadows Flames 5-2 Dec. 5, and the Aldergrove Kodiaks 6-5 last Wednesday

Langley’s three-game win streak came to an abrupt halt last Thursday at the George Preston Recreation Centre (GPRC), as the Knights were upset 5-3 by the Harold Brittain cellar-dwelling Flames.

That loss was followed up by another setback this past Monday at Richmond Arena, where the Knights were upended 5-3 by the host Sockeyes.

The Knights and Sockeyes were tied 3-3 late in the third period before a pair of goals from Richmond’s Troy Kaczynski sealed the win for the home team.

Kaczynski snapped the 3-3 tie with what turned out to be the game winner at the 16:32 mark of the third period. A minute and 35 seconds later, Kaczynski added some insurance with his second of the night.

Tristan Craighead, Donovan Shambeau, and Dylan McCann scored for the Knights, who erased a 3-1 deficit with back-to-back markers midway through the third period.

After Craighead opened the scoring late in the first frame, Richmond responded with three unanswered goals during the second period.

ICE CHIPS: The Knights host the Kodiaks tonight (Dec. 18) at the GPRC. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Tonight’s is the second of back-to-back contests for the Kodiaks, who hosted the North Vancouver Wolf Pack last night (Wednesday, Dec. 17) at Aldergrove Arena. That game got underway after the Langley Advance went to press Wednesday afternoon.

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