Strong defence, amazing goaltending, and some great offensive chemistry all led to a 4-1 win Tuesday night for the Rivermen who are now back on top the BCHL.
With 33 saves, Lyndon Stanwood played one of his, it not THE, best games with the Rivermen making countless saves, some in acrobatic fashion, to give his team a shot at winning the game. And win it they did, capped off with a strong third period, and are now within one point of clinching their first-ever division title.
A new look line of Evan Anderson, Tyson Witala, and Gage Torrel was very, very impressive combining for Torrel’s 10th of the season in an obvious Play of the Game:
Torrel got the finish as Witala made a perfect feed to Anderson who stickhandled his way towards the far side of the crease before sliding it over to a wide-open Torrel. That line combined for several other great scoring chances that ether Gordie Defiel was able to stop or went just wide.
Chris Forney was rewarded with his fourth of the season on the power play, also off a beautiful Anderson feed. Forney played very strong again and got rewarded with a goal for the first time in a while. He didn’t factor in on the scoresheet, but fellow Minnesota native, Tony Bretzman also had a strong night in his own end. Marcus Vela also provided excellent work along the boards winning some good puck battles.
It’s not often I get terribly excited for an empty net goal but Captain Mitch McLain did great work deep in the Coquitlam zone to steal the puck and slide it home for his 22nd, not the easiest empty netter he’ll have on his resume that’s for sure.
The win Tuesday gives the Rivermen 34 wins on the season and opens up a 10 point lead atop the Mainland division. With four games left, the Riv now need just one point for the clincher, which could come Friday night with the Chilliwack Chiefs making their final visit of the regular season.
Innovative Fitness 3 Stars
1 – Evan Anderson (2 Goals, his best game back from injury, provided numerous scoring chances)
2 – Lyndon Stanwood (33 saves in one of his best performances with the Riv, he was outstanding)
3 – Gage Torrel (1 Goal, finished off a gorgeous play and with Anderson and Witala was a dominant force)