A pair of streaks were broken Wednesday night at the Langley Events Centre as the Rivermen lost their first game in October while the Chilliwack Chiefs won their first in over a month with a 3-0 shutout.
Credit to the Chiefs who won a lot of puck battles especially in the first 40 minutes, but listless could be one adjective for Wednesday’s divisional tilt as neither team generated much flow or intensity. Chilliwack’s first two goals were pretty ones however, with little chance for Brock Crossthwaite to make a save. Ben Butcher opened scoring at the 14:43 mark of the first with the lone assist going to former Riverman Austin Plevy. Then just two minutes later the Chiefs converted on their second power play of the period as Carter Cochrane earned his fourth of the season taking a 2-0 lead into the break.
Neither team could generate many scoring chances in the second although Mitch McLain got sprung on a breakaway but was denied by Josh Halpenny who made 26 saves for his first win of the season and the shutout. Brendan Gulka earned the Fortis BC Energy Player of the Game with a second period fight against Shay Laurent but the tilt didn’t get the spark from the Rivermen bench he was hoping for.
The Riv started the third on the power play but could still not find the back of the net and then got into penalty troubles of their own. Langley was assessed six minor penalties and two misconducts in the final period while the Chiefs were given three minors. The Rivermen finished the night 0/3 on the power play while killing off all but one of Chilliwack’s nine chances on the man advantage. Crossthwaite stopped 27 pucks in the loss.
Obviously no one expected the win streak to continue the rest of the season but to have it end at six games to a division opponent on home ice in a shutout makes it a tough pill to swallow. There’s a big two-game weekend approaching and all the more reason to start a new streak off with a bang against the Penticton Vees Saturday night.