Penalties Cost Rivermen as they Fall in Season Opener

Riv_GAME-RECAP_RMsiteThe Langley Rivermen lost their opening game of the regular season as they fell 4-2 to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at the Bauer BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack’s Prospera Centre.

Salmon Arm’s Andrew Farny, Thomas Plese, Carson Bolduc and Nick Hutchison scored for the Silverbacks, while Will Campion and Evan Anderson scored for the Rivermen in the defeat. Both teams had 35 shots a piece.

The Rivermen got into penalty trouble early and their lack of discipline seemed to cost them a chance at a victory, taking 12 minor penalties in the loss.

Salmon Arm got things going as Farny scored on the powerplay to kick off the scoring. That was followed up by Plese, who made it 2-0 for the Silverbacks after 40 minutes.

The Rivermen would cut the lead to one, as Campion scored a point blank goal on Salmon Arm goalie, Angus Redmond, making it 2-1. The Silverbacks would counter, as Bolduc would score on the man advantage making it 3-1 Salmon Arm. Anderson would score a late one for Langley but that’s as close as they would come as the Silverbacks would add an empty net goal from Hutchison, securing the victory.

The Rivermen’s next game is Sunday at 2:00PM when they finish off their Showcase schedule against the Victoria Grizzlies. All away games can be seen on

NOTES: Three stars of the game went to Evan Anderson (Lgy), Thomas Plese (SA) and Andrew Farny (SA). Powerplay – Langley 1/9, Salmon Arm 2/12. Shots – Langley 35, Salmon Arm 35.

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