The Langley Rivermen and Cowichan Valley Capitals had the wildest game of the season to date on Saturday night with the Capitals winning 8-5. The game had it all from goals, hits, a coach and even a trainer was tossed out of the contest and most importantly a lot of intensity and emotion. It felt like a 7 game playoff series out on the ice, that’s how it was tonight at the Island Savings Centre.
In the first period the Capitals opened the scoring on a goal from Matt Brown which sent the teddy’s flying on the ice on”Teddy Bear Toss Night”. Chris Tracy responded a couple minutes later on an unassisted effort to even up the game at 1-1. Capitals defensemen Brayden Sherbinin then got the ‘Caps lead back at 2-1 after he scooped up his own rebound and put it past Jim Kruger who got the start for Langley. The fun then began in the second period of play. Langley started off the middle period on the right foot as Derek Sutliffe buried a snap shot off a rush on a nice pass from Austin Plevy to tie the game. The Rivermen then gathered their first lead of the game on a great redirection in the slot by Mike Tebbutt on the power play. Devin Gannon scored on a Capitals power play to even up the game at 3-3 and it really started to snowball from there. Danny Vlanich gave the Capitals a 7 minute power play after he dropped the gloves with Brendon MacDonald, but the ‘Caps captain did not want anything to do with Vlanich which gave Cowichan Valley a lengthy man advantage, Jacob Charles and Devin Gannon scored back to back to help there team to a 5-3 lead after 40 minutes of play. Matt Brown scored 24 seconds in to the third period to make it 6-3, but that goal seemed to spark the Rivermen who looked to mount a comeback. Austin Plevy and Derek Sutliffe made it interesting to cut the lead to one goal, but that was it as Matt Grant and Devin Gannon scored to seal the Capitals victory. Gannon had on outstanding night with 3 goals and 3 assists and was named the first star.
Cowichan Valley’s power play was the difference going 4/7 in the contest. Capitals net minder Brady Rouleau picked up his 6th win of the year, while Rivermen keeper Jim Kruger takes the loss facing 35 shots. Ladies and gentlemen, circle December 28th on your calendar because that is when these teams will face off against each other, this time it will be in Langley.
3 stars: 1st Star: Devin Gannon (3 goals, 3 assists) 2nd Star: Matt Brown (2 goals, 2 assists) 3rd Star: Jacob Charles (1 goal, 2 assists)
The Rivermen close out the weekend tomorrow afternoon in Alberni Valley at 2:30 PM. It will be a battle for 7th place, should be a beauty.