The Langley Rivermen didn’t just win their fourth in a row, they downed the perennial powerhouse Penticton Vees in their own barn, 5-4, a building in which the hometown team rarely records a loss. It was just the second regulation loss of the season for the Vees at the South Okanagan Events Centre and the first ever win for the Rivermen over Penticton.
Opening scoring in the first period, adding an assist on a big goal to start the third, and scoring the eventual game winner later in the final frame, Gage Torrel has proven to be an incredible pick-up for Bobby Henderson and the Rivermen, now with four goals and ten points in his first seven games in the BCHL. Torrel wasn’t alone in the outstanding category for the Riv’s offence Friday night as James Robinson kept his point-streak alive with a goal and two helpers, including setting up Torrel’s game winner. Robinson now has points in six straight games dating back to his return to the lineup after missing a couple weeks due to injury. Will Cook also had a three point night assisting on both of Torrel’s markers along with Robinson’s third period goal.
All in all there was lots to like about the Riv Friday night. Brock Crossthwaite got his fourth straight win between the pipes but it sure wasn’t easy as he had to deal with plenty of traffic in his crease while getting run over by Dalpe in the second period followed up by plenty of extra jabs after the whistle the rest of the game.
The SOEC isn’t an easy building to win in. The crowd is big and loud and lets you know it. The first period energy took the crowd out of the game at least early on and the Riv also did a good job of staying out of the box, giving the Vees top-ranked power play just two man advantages. For the Riv’s part, they went 0/4 on the power play but ended up outshooting Penticton 29-28 by the time the night was over.
It was a good homecoming for Zach Urban getting the big win in his hometown against his former team. Saturday night Steve Myland will get a chance to pick up two points against his former club, the West Kelowna Warriors. The Rivermen have a shot at going 3-for-3 on this road trip which would be all the more impressive given the tough schedule the team is dealing with. The Riv’s fourth straight win is the longest active streak in the BCHL. Hey, it might even be enough to crack those CJHL top 20 rankings. But first things first, a big date with the Warriors.