Two overtime periods was not enough time to get a winner between the Langley Rivermen and the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon. The game ended in a 4-4 tie. Both teams were playing their third game is in less three days, but you wouldn’t know it by the way the game went as there was back and forth action throughout the contest.
The Rivermen got off to a great start as Darnell Dyck and Mario Puskarich scored back to back power play goals to open up a 2-0 lead. The Bulldogs scored a power play goal as well from Artsiom Kalashnikov to cut the lead to a single goal after 20 minutes of play. The second period scoring was all Alberni Valley as Dylan Nowakowski and Trent Dorais scored the only two goals of the period to give the home town ‘Dogs their first lead of the game at 3-2. The game then began to really heat up in the last five minutes of the third period. Puskarich scored his second of the game with 3:40 left in regulation time to tie it up as he scooped up a loose puck in the crease for his team leading 18th goal of the season. The tie did not last long as Josh Mitchell gave the Bulldogs the lead just 12 seconds later, right after the face off in which then looked like it was not meant to be for the Rivermen. However, Chris Tracy evened up the score just over a minute later on a great redirection in the slot to send the game to overtime, which sent the Rivermen bench in a frenzy. The two teams traded chances back and forth in the 4 on 4 play, but nothing was solved, which meant the always exciting 3 on 3 would commence. Both goaltenders, Fenkell for the ‘Dogs and Barr for the Rivermen stood tall in double OT as the game would end in a 4-4 tie.
The Rivermen went 2/5 on the power play, while the Bulldogs were 2/6. James Barr saw a lot of rubber in between the pipes for Langley as he turned away 44 shots, meanwhile Max Fenkell stopped 32 pucks for Alberni Valley. Puskarich has 2 goals and 1 assist on the afternoon to lead the Rivermen, while Dyck and Bakken each had 2 points a piece
Next up for the Rivermen is a couple of home games before the Christmas break. The Powell River Kings visit the LEC on Friday night for the annual Food Bank Drive and a night later the Prince George Spruce Kings come to town for Teddy Bear Toss Night!