Langley Rivermen open busy weekend with double OT win in Merritt

The Rivermen battled back to edge Merritt Friday; they host Wenatchee tonight and Surrey Sunday afternoon at LEC.

The Langley Rivermen are off to a great start to their busy weekend.

Down 2-1 and 3-2 at different points of Friday’s game at Merritt’s Nicola Valley Memorial Arena, the Rivermen never gave up.

The ’Men tied the game late in the third period before scoring in double overtime to upend the host Merritt Centennials 4-3.

Matthew Graham scored the winner 48 seconds into the second overtime period.

Graham’s 20th of the season was assisted by Justin Fregona and Will Campion.

Langley’s Torrin White found the net twice – opening the scoring midway through the first period before tying the game at 3-3 with 2:53 to go in regulation – to bring his goal total to 19 on the campaign.

Max Kaufman also scored for the Rivermen.

The Cents’ Henry Cleghorn scored with 4:06 remaining in the third period to give the home team a short-lived 3-2 lead.

White tied the game 1:11 after Cleghorn’s go-ahead goal.

Langley goalie Nickolas Trenciansky made 21 saves to earn the win.

The Rivermen (26-17-2-1) will try to build off their momentum tonight (Jan. 30) when they host Washington State’s Wenatchee Wild at the Langley Events Centre.

Game time is 6 p.m.

They close out the weekend Sunday afternoon, when they host the Surrey Eagles at the LEC. Opening puck drop is 3 p.m.

Ginnetti commits to Clarkson

When Cameron Ginnetti heads off to play college hockey, he will be familiar with at least one of his blueline cohorts.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Langley Rivermen defenceman has committed to NCAA Div. I Clarkson University, the same destination for Rivermen captain Jordan Schneider.

Ginnetti, a 1998-born BCHL rookie, has posted three goals and 10 assists to go along with 23 penalty minutes in 38 games this season. He is a second-generation BCHLer as his dad Bob played for the Vancouver/Burnaby Bluehawks, putting up 111 assists in the 1984-85 season.

Clarkson University competes in the NCAA’s ECAC Hockey conference along with Quinnipiac, Harvard, St. Lawrence, Yale, Brown, Cornell, RPI, Dartmouth, Union, Colgate and Princeton. Former BCHLers on the Golden Knights roster this season are Ben Dalpe, James De Haas and Nic Pierog.

Other current BCHLers committed to Clarkson are Schneider, Sheldon Rempal, Devin Brosseau, Mitch Meek and Brendan Barry.

– From the BCHL website, bchl.ca

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