Rivermen Need Overtime to Get Past Eagles

Riv_GAME-RECAP_RMsiteJake Zeleznikar scored 1:44 into overtime to lift the Langley Rivermen to a 4-3 victory over the Surrey Eagles at the Langley Events Centre.

Zeleznikar’s game winner snuck in-between the arm of Christian Short, who was stellar in net for the Eagles.

“Our guys came out with some good jump,” said Assistant Coach Kurt Astle. “We had some success early but didn’t get the results we wanted on the chances we generated, but I was happy to see the guys stick with it and stay out of the penalty box. We didn’t sit back at all and I was happy to see our guys step up and get the win.”

The Rivermen came out firing in the opening stages of the game, as Kevan Kilistoff scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season on the power play, 3:23 into the period, thanks to some creative stick work by Evan Anderson. Langley peppered the Surrey net-minder with shots throughout the contest, as Christian Short stopped 55 of 59 shots in the overtime loss.

“He’s a guy we’ve leaned on quite a bit this year and he’s been our horse back there,” said Eagles Head Coach and General Manager Blaine Neufeld. “When you’ve faced 59 shots, you’re tired. Overtime is a lot to ask and he definitely stole a point for us today.”

Surrey forced the extra session with a goal that squeaked past Bo Didur with 3:42 remaining in regulation. Didur came up with 26 saves in the win as the Rivermen pick up their 10th point of the season and remain in third place in the Mainland Division.

“We couldn’t let off the gas pedal,” said Langley forward Marcus Vela. “We played a full sixty minutes and that was the main focus coming into today and we came away with a positive result.”

The Eagles actually thought they scored early in overtime, but the goal was waived off due to goalie interference.

“Langley was quick in the first period,” said Neufeld. “When we played them at our barn, they were playing their third game in three days. Tonight, they were fresh and showed they wanted it more.”

Gage Torrel and Ryan Coulter scored the other Rivermen goals while Justin Szeto, Marcus Vela and Hunter Anderson also picked up assists in the victory.

The Rivermen’s next two games are on the road when they travel to Trail to take on the Smoke Eaters Saturday, October 17 at 7:30PM. The following day, Langley is in Salmon Arm for a matinee matchup versus the Silverbacks. Puck drop is at 3:00PM. The Rivermen return home next Saturday, October 25 for Trick or Suite Night when they host the Coquitlam Express. All games can be seen on www.FastHockey.com and heard on Mixlr radio.

NOTES: Shots on Goal: LAN 59 – SUR 29. Powerplay: LAN 1-3, SUR 0-4. Saves/Shots: LAN – Bo Didur 26/29 (W), SUR – Christian Short 55/59 (L). Three Stars: 1st: SUR Christian Short, 2nd: LAN Kevan Kilistoff, 3rd: LAN Gage Torrel.

For details visit www.LangleyRivermen.com

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