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Langley Rivermen weekend recap

The Langley Rivermen were in action twice over the past weekend with a Friday night game on the road in Chilliwack and a home game on Saturday night against the rival Surrey Eagles. The Rivermen were coming off an impressive victory over the Trail Smoke Eaters 5-2. Leading goal scorer Brendan Budy was out of the line up this weekend as he was away playing for Canada West at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge.

Quick Trip To Chilliwack

On Friday the 13th, the Rivermen made the quick trip down the highway to face off against the pesky Chilliwack Chiefs. The Chiefs opened the scoring late in the first period as Kyle Penny scored shorthanded. Brett Willits made it 2-0 for the Chiefs midway through the second period and the Rivermen answered right away with a shorthanded goal from Daniel O’Neill. The third period saw the Rivermen dominate the play. Tanner Versluis and Tristan Fraser scored 18 seconds apart and rookie forward Kaeden Patrick sealed it with an empty-net goal for the Rivermen to defeat the Chiefs 4-2. Braedon Fleming had 24 saves as he earned his 15th win of the season. Langley had no time to enjoy the victory as the Riv welcomed Surrey to town the following evening.

Eagles Stun Rivermen

The Surrey Eagles made the quick trip to Langley Saturday night to take on the Rivermen. Both teams are neck in neck battling for the third and fourth spots in the Mainland Division. Carter King of the Eagles scored the lone goal in the first period to have the Rivermen down 1-0. The Eagles exploded in the second period with 17 shots and Hassan Akl scored early to chase Fleming from the net. Rookie goalie Kristian Lyon came in for relief and weathered the storm until Eagles captain Hudson Schandor scored midway through the second period. Jake Livingstone got the Rivermen on the board shortly after but that was the only offence the Rivermen could provide. Wyatt Schlaht scored an empty-net goal in the third period as the Eagles defeated the Rivermen by a score of 4-1.

The Rivermen are currently one point up on the Eagles in third place in the Mainland Division. The next game sees the Powell River Kings come to town tonight.

Helliwell Gets Top Prospect Game Invite

The Rivermen announced on Monday that defensemen Ryan Helliwell has been named to the CJHL Prospects Game on January 14 in Hamilton, Ontario. Helliwell has 14 points in 26 games this season for Langley and it’s a great opportunity to show off his game to scouts before the 2020 NHL Entry Draft in June. A full list of the Top Prospect rosters can be found here.