The Cowichan Valley Capitals were just too much to handle for the Langley Rivermen on Saturday night. It was a dominant performance from the ‘Caps and the 4-0 final could have been much worse if it were not for Nic Renyard. Renyard got the surprise start for the Rivermen. He plays for the South Island Thunderbirds in the MML and is only 17 years of age. He played back up last night due to the absence of Jim Kruger last night and was expecting to sit on the bench in Cowichan Valley. It was definitely a game he will soon not forget.
Renyard stole the show in the first period as he made save after save keeping the game scoreless through 20 minutes. The Capitals fired everything but the kitchen sink towards the net, but Renyard showed no signs of any nerves turning away all 19 pucks. The Rivermen did have some scoring opportunities, but Brady Rouleau shut the door. The second period of play was much the same, but the Capitals finally broke through thanks to a redirection from Brett Knowles to get on the board. The Rivermen mustered up only five shots on net and were shut down by the solid defense of the Capitals. The home team put the game away in the third period scoring three straight goals, with two of them coming from Matt Brown who was named first star of the game with two goals and an assist.
Renyard faced a total of 50 shots in his BCHL debut, but in the end was charged the loss. Rouleau picked up his first career BCHL shutout turning aside all 21 shots.
There will be no rest for weary as the Rivermen will cap off the busy week of Hockey tomorrow afternoon at home against Alberni Valley at 2 PM.