Riv Wack the Chiefs

In perhaps their best 60 minute effort all season, the Langley Rivermen shutout the Chiefs 4-0 in their own barn for a second straight win.

A pair of shorthanded markers, a power play goal, 40 shots on net, and a 27 save shutout performance by Brock Crossthwaite all contributed to a great night on the road.

Nathan Craft got the party started with a wicked wrister on a penalty kill that beat Spencer Tremblay 8:21 in.  Just over three minutes later Matt Ustaski made it 2-0 while Gage Torrel earned his seventh point in five games with the Riv with the first assist.

Langley got its first power play five minutes into the second with Will Cook converting for his sixth of the season from James Robinson.  Soon after the Chiefs were given their second power play of the game but once again it was the Riv who came out of it with a goal as Mitch McLain earned his 14th of the season shorthanded from Ustaski. 

Had it not been for some remarkable saves by Tremblay the Rivermen could have easily put up several more goals.  But with the two shorthanded tallys while going 1/2 on the power play you really couldn’t have asked for anything more. 

The shutout was Crossthwaite’s second on the season and his ninth win and second in as many nights.

The Rivermen are now 16-9-1-2 on the season and remain one point back of the Mainland division leading Spruce Kings who also won Saturday night, 4-3 over Salmon Arm.  It sets the stage for a big meeting in Prince George Wednesday night as the Rivermen kick off a three game road trip with a battle for first place.

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