The Rivermen may have seen their six-game win streak come to and end Sunday afternoon but a late game push to overtime stole a point to remain undefeated in regulation in 2014.
Unlike Saturday night’s contest against Trail, the Rivermen didn’t have their best start Sunday but seemed to gain momentum as the game progressed. The Riv pumped the opposition with more than 40 shots for the second straight game out-shooting the Eagles 44-24 but solid play by Devon Fordyce made sure Surrey never trailed in the game.
The third period was certainly among the most dominant the Riv have played in all season putting 21 shots on Fordyce while allowing just three on Brock Crossthwaite. Surrey scored the first goal of the final frame to take a 4-2 lead at the 9:11 mark but from there on in it was all Langley. Tyson Witala picked up a Jakob Reichert rebound less than two minutes later for his 11th of the season capping off a solid, hard working shift between the two as well as Darien Craighead who had himself a two point night with a pair of helpers.
Then just over four minutes later, James Robinson got the puck after a Zach Urban shot went just wide and tied the game with his 14th. With the goal Robby now has points in 12 of his last 13 games as he keeps a hot streak going at a very impressive rate.
Again, while the Rivermen failed to secure two points the manner in which they were able to claw back from a two-goal third period deficit was huge. The point keeps the Riv on a seven-game point streak and builds on their division lead which now sits at eight games over the Prince George Spruce Kings. The Rivermen are currently tied with Powell River for top spot in the BCHL with 62 points.
The Riv now enter a week which will be a bigger test with three games in three nights, starting off with a home game against the Chilliwack Chiefs followed up by a visit to Duncan to face the Capitals and a big Sunday afternoon tilt in Victoria to take on the Grizzlies.
Innovative Fitness 3 Stars
1 – SUR – Danton Heinen (2G)
2 – LAN – Jakob Reichert (1G, 1A)
3 – SUR – Devon Fordyce (40 saves)