It just was not the Rivermen’s night on Wednesday at the Langley Events Centre. The Nanaimo Clippers made their last visit to Langley and left on a good note with a 4-2 victory. It was one of those nights where the puck was not bouncing their way with a few costly turnovers ending up in the back of the net.
The first period was mostly controlled by the Clippers as James Barr did a great job in the Langley net fending off 19 shots. One puck managed to get by him on a Clipper power play by Josh Bryan on a slap shot from the blue line. The Rivermen responded nicely a shift later as Mike Tebbutt tied the game on his 18th goal of the year on a 2 on 1 with Darnell Dyck. Dyck feathered a beautiful pass to a wide open Tebbutt who made no mistake. The second period went back and forth for the first 10 minutes of the frame before Andrew Gladiuk gave the Clippers a 2-1 lead. Brendan Forbes then capitalized on a shorthanded opportunity to make it a two goal lead for the visitors on a play that looked quite similar to the Tebbutt tally. However, shortly after, Langley got the boost they needed as Bo Pellah put home his first BCHL goal as the young defenseman joined the rush and was able to sneak one past Billy Faust. Unfortunately that was it for the Rivermen on the night. Trevor Fitzgerald was the lone goal scorer in the final 20 minutes to seal the deal.
It was a big win for the Clippers to say the least as they moved 3 points within a playoff spot. Fitzgerald was the best player on the ice picking up first star honours with a goal and two assists. James Barr faced 42 shots in the end and was the second star as he was the main reason why the score was close. With the win the Clippers win the series with four wins to the ‘Mens three.
The Rivermen will finish off the weekend playing host to the Victoria Grizzlies on Saturday, followed by the Trail Smoke Eaters on Sunday afternoon.