The Langley Rivermen dictated the play for the most part in the Hockey game, but fell short in a 3-2 loss to Cowichan Valley. Hands down it was Langley’s best effort against the ‘Caps this season and would have won the contest if it was not for the stellar goaltending from Brady Rouleau. With a 2-1 lead in the third period, the Rivermen took their collective foot off the gas for a just a few minutes and allowed the Capitals to score back to back tallies and eventually won the game.
After a deadlocked first ten minutes of play in the first period, it was Darin Robak opening up the scoring on a power play with a point shot. The next shift the ‘Men responded with a goal of their own on a beautiful wrist shot on the right-wing from Peter McMullen to even up the contest. The second period was controlled by the Rivermen from the face off and were rewarded with a power play goal from Darnell Dyck who wacked home a Mike Tebbutt rebound in the crease to give the home team their first lead of the game. Things started off well for the Langley side in the final period, but then backed off for a few minutes as Logan Proulx tied up the game just before the ten minute mark would hit on a scramble in front of James Barr. Just when it looked as if it was heading into overtime, Troy Paterson took a long shot from the right point, hit Keyler Bruce in front and barely sneaked past James Barr for the game winner with 1:41 remaining.
A heartbreaker to say the least for the Rivermen as they skate away with no points, but give credit to Cowichan Valley who stuck with it and were able to pick up a huge victory. No surprise Rouleau was named first star as he stopped 36 shots, while his Counterpart Barr put aside 26. The Rivermen should be proud on their effort and will definitely learn from this loss.
The Rivermen will have a day off Friday and head to Surrey to take on the Eagles on Saturday night.