Rivermen puckstopper blanks Spruce Kings

A pair of second period goals and stellar goaltending was what the Langley Rivermen needed in a big 2-0 win over the host Spruce Kings in Prince George on Thursday.

Forwards Brendan Gulka and Hunter Anderson scored less than two minutes apart and Bo Didur turned aside all 39 shots for his first career BCHL shutout.

“Bo was outstanding,” Rivermen assistant coach Kurt Astle said. “We went through a couple of lulls where he made some key saves to keep the momentum going and kept us in the game.”

After a scoreless first period, Langley found its groove in the second, thanks to a nice feed from Gage Torrel, who picked up his team leading eighth point of the season, finding Brendan Gulka to make it 1-0 for the Rivermen.

On the next shot on goal, Hunter Anderson scored his first of the season past Alex Brooks-Pots, making it 2-0 Langley.

“We’ve been harping on playing a full 60 minutes and this is as close as it gets for us this season,” Astle said. “Our defense really dictated the play – we got pucks out early, got them to the forwards and our team defense was great.”

“Our line played really well tonight,” said Hunter Anderson. “I got a feed right in the middle and just put it home. It felt good to finally get on the score sheet.”

The Rivermen and Spruce Kings played Friday night, but results are not available due to holiday weekend early press deadlines.

On Wednesday, Oct. 15, the Rivermen are back on home ice to host the Surrey Eagles. Game time at the Langley Events Centre is 7 p.m.

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