Gage Torrel led the charge for Langley with two goals and an assist including the game winner early in the third period. Kevan Kilistoff and Jake Zeleznikar each had two points as the Rivermen improved to 2 and 2 on the season, moving ahead of the Express for third place in the Mainland Division.
The Rivermen once again looked impressive on the power play, scoring twice in under a minute late in the first period as Torrel and Matthew Graham netted power play markers.
“The power play came up big again for us,” said Associate Head Coach Jon Calvano. “Coquitlam got two power play goals as well, so our penalty kill has to be just as effective as our power play. We got to really focus on winning the draws, blocking shots, getting pucks deep and being patient in the offensive zone and hopefully we can keep it going.”
Will Campion scored the other Rivermen goal in the first period, as they led the Express 3-2 after twenty minutes of play. Despite outshooting the Express 42-32, Coquitlam kept it close thanks to Corey Mackin.
The Express forward scored a natural hat-trick, including two on the man advantage in a losing cause. Cameron Bertsch scored the fourth Express goal.
Bo Didur picked up his first win in a Rivermen jersey, stopping 28 shots in the victory.
“We’ve made improvements throughout each game,” said Calvano. “The first two games, we didn’t get the wins, but the last two, we’re clicking a little better and just improving on different parts of the game.”
Langley’s next game is the Home Opener on Saturday, October 4 when they host the Nanaimo Clippers at 7:00PM at the Langley Events Centre. The first 1,500 fans receive a Rivermen Foam Finger, presented by Global BC. Fans will also receive 2-for-1 entry when they bring a food or cash donation to the Global Food Bank.
NOTES: Brendan Gulka, Will Cook and Evan Anderson got on the score sheet with one assist each. Shots on Goal: LAN 42 – COQ 32. Powerplay: LAN 2-6, COQ 2-8. Saves/Shots: LAN – Bo Didur 28/32, COQ – Pierre Dushenko 37/42. Three Stars: 1st: COQ Corey Mackin, 2nd: LAN Gage Torrel, 3rd: LAN Kevan Kilistoff.
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