In their first home game in 2012, the Rivermen knocked off the Coquitlam Express 5-4. It was a fantastic Hockey game from start to finish as the fans definitely got their money’s worth. Both teams went back and forth throughout the contest as the two teams swapped leads a couple of times at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday night. In the end, the Rivermen ended a six game losing streak and picked up their first win in the new year.
The goaltenders were the story for the first 15 minutes of the game until Jackson Playfair scored his first career BCHL goal on a great pass from Sebastien Pare to put the home team up 1-0. However the Express were able to find the equalizer with just 12 seconds left in the frame off the stick of Justin Georgeson. The second period was the most wild 20 minutes of the game as four goals were scored in total. Shaw and Nardi scored for the Express while Pare and McMullen were the marksmen for Langley. McMullen was playing in his first home game in a Rivermen uniform and had his best game since joining the team last week. The Express seemed a little bit fatigued in the third period of play after a long travel day from Victoria earlier on in the day as the Rivermen took over and scored back to back with goals from Pare and Tracy. Brady Shaw made it interesting scoring a late goal to cut the Rivermen lead to just one goal, but was not enough as the final buzzer sounded.
The Rivermen kicked off the start of a six game home stand in style and were full value for their big victory on home ice. Jim Kruger made some impressive stops for the Rivermen as he kicked aside 39 shots picking up the win while Cole Huggins faced 43 Langley shots, but was charged the loss. It was a game of firsts for the home squad. Playfair scored his first BCHL goal, McMullen put away his first Rivermen tally, Pare had his first two goal night in his career, and most importantly, the Rivermen were able to get their first win in 2012.