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VIDEO: A tiring road trip for Langley Rivermen wraps with promising results

Cocah says it puts team in a good position as season draws to a close

Langley Rivermen wrapped up five road games in 10 days with a won-loss record that puts the team in a good position as the current BCHL season draws to a close, according to Tyler Kuntz, head coach and general manager.

“Overall to go 3-2 on this road trip with plenty of travel involved is massive for our team, given the tiredness we battled this weekend [and] this will set us up nicely for the last few games of the season,” Kuntz commented.

Rivermen began by posting two wins in two days, over Powell River Kings, both by 4-2 scores, on Feb 9 and 10.

Kings scored twice in the first period of their first game, but that was all, as Langley went on to score four times, with goals coming from Dalton MacGillivray, Ryan Schelling, Logan Morrell and Vitaly Levyy.

The next day, Noah Macdonald struck first for the Rivermen, and after the Kings briefly tied the game in the second period, in the third Ryan Schelling, then Macdonald, then Oskar Komarov scored for Langley before the Kings got one back, too late to make a difference.

Friday, Feb. 16, Rivermen fell to Nanaimo 6-2.

Langley’s Oskar Komarov extended his point streak to seven consecutive games, and teammate Tuukka Heiskanen scored his sixth.

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Saturday, Feb. 17, following a pair of early Alberni Valley goals. Luke Ashton scored his league leading 15th goal as a defenceman, making it a 2-1 game after 20.

Ryder McIntosh and Dalton Macgillvray made it 3-2 for the Riv after 40, one of the best second periods the team has played all season.

McIntosh added a late empty netter for his second of the night and sixth of the season to beat the Bulldogs 4-2 for their third win against Alberni Valley this season.

“I was proud of how we bounced back on Saturday after a tough game Friday in Nanaimo,” said Kuntz, adding “that rink in Port Alberni is tough to play in, but we battled the early deficit to pull out the win.”

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After returning home from the island Sunday afternoon, the team was back on the road Monday morning, Feb. 19, to West Kelowna for a matinee game against the Warriors, who won 6-2.

Langley goals came from Aaron Reierson and Komarov.

Rivermen are seventh in the nine-team BCHL Coastal Conference, with 13 wins in 44 games.

They are back at home Saturday, Feb. 24th at George Preston against the Chilliwack Chiefs. Puck drops 7:15 p.m.