The Langley Rivermen hit rough waters over the past few days, and were looking to snap a two-game losing skid last night (Oct. 21) in Coquitlam against the Express.
A 3-1 loss to the Surrey Eagles on Tuesday at South Surrey Arena dropped the Rivermen’s record to 8-5.
The ’Men sit two points back of the first place Wenatchee Wild (8-3-1-1) and one point ahead of the Express and Chilliwack Chiefs (both with 6-5-1-2 marks) in the B.C. Hockey League’s very tight Mainland Division standings.
The Rivermen/Express game got underway after the Langley Advance went to press Wednesday afternoon.
Penticton Vees 4, Rivermen 3
Despite a heroic effort from goaltender Bo Didur, the Rivermen couldn’t stop a BCHL juggernaut Saturday at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
The Vees improved to 12-1 on the season by edging the Rivermen 4-3.
The ’Men were badly outshot in this one, especially during the first period where the Vees fired 22 pucks on Didur – who was named the game’s second star – while the visitors managed just four shots.
Despite the huge divide on the shot clock, the teams entered the first intermission tied 1-1.
Overall, the Vees outshot the Rivermen 53-27.
The Vees jumped ahead 3-1 on Easton Brodzinski’s power play goal at the 5:35 mark of the third period, and led 4-2 after Scott Conway beat Didur on another Penticton power play with 51 seconds to go in regulation.
Langley’s top scorer Justin Fregona notched his second of the game with 15 seconds to go in the contest but after that, the Rivermen ran out of time.
Ben Butcher also found the net in the third period for the ’Men while Tyson Jost and Chris Gerrie, with the only goal of the second period, rounded out Penticton’s list of goal scorers.
Trail Smoke Eaters 1
Three goals in the third period turned a close game into a rout for the visitors.
Torrin White with a pair and Fregona scored for Langley in the final 20 minutes.
Langley led 1-0 after the first period and 2-1 after 40 minutes.
Matthew Graham – who fought Trail’s Kale Howarth at the 8:37 mark of the third period – along with Adam Sinclair scored the other Rivermen goals.
The Smoke Eaters’ lone marker came off the stick of Max Newton.
ICE CHIPS: The Rivermen return to the Langley Events Centre Saturday to play Alberni Valley. Game time is 6 p.m.