Everyone was wondering where the Langley Rivermen’s goalscoring had gone. Well, wherever it went it showed up Thursday night…and then some. The Riv clobbered their division rivals with a 12-2 win over the Express at the Langley Events Centre.
Pretty much everything that had been sliding for the Rivermen was corrected Thursday night as goals came aplenty including three on the power play for a 50% success rate. Langley also killed off all four Express power plays which proved a dual success in both going perfect on the PK while also only giving up four chances.
Some might call it running up the score but what impressed me and what I think also impressed the coaching staff is the fact the Rivermen finished the game exactly the same way they started it. The pedal was held to the floor for a full 60 minutes. The team came out with jump in the first and never let up.
14 different Rivermen found the scoresheet Thursday night, 8 of whom had multi-point games with Chris Forney and Matt Ustaski leading the way with four each. Tony Bretzman scored his first two BCHL goals, one on the power play, and one even strength and earned the game’s first star. Brendan Gulka was named the Fortis BC Energy Player of the Game with a fight and his first BCHL goal. And after a number of good scoring chances the last few games, Marcus Vela finally got his first BCHL goal although it may not have been the way he dreamed it would come as Darien Craighead banked it in off his skate and into the net. Nathan Craft also had a two goal, three point night in a strong effort for the Kitimat native.
Steve Myland stopped 25 of 27 shots for the win as his season save percentage has now risen to a very impressive .928. The win keeps the Riv atop the Mainland division with a 10-5-1-1 record, two points ahead of Prince George and with a game in hand, while Coquitlam is now four points back at 8-6-0-2. The Rivermen lead the season series with the Express 3-1. Next up for Langley is a home date with the West Kelowna Warriors Saturday night at the LEC to close out the Riv’s six-game home stand.