A weekend split has knocked the Langley Rivermen from atop their perch of the BCHL’s Mainland Division.
The junior A hockey club was on the road, defeating the Trail Smoke Eaters 5-1 on Friday at Cominco Arena before falling 4-3 to the Penticton Vees the next night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
Langley saw their record drop to 8-4-0-0 and 16 points, two back of the Wenatchee Wild, although the Rivermen do have a game in hand.
Goaltending was the story in both games for the Rivermen as Bo Didur returned to the line-up and made an immediate impact.
Didur hadn’t suited up in game action since getting hurt Sept. 20 but he showed little rust with a 44-save performance against Trail and followed that up with a 49-save effort in a losing cause in Penticton.
Didur leads all goaltenders with a .944 save percentage and is second with a 2.00 goals against.
Jason O’Neill, Adam Sinclair, Justin Fregona and Torrin White each had a goal and assist in the win while Matthew Graham had the other goal.
Against the Vees, Langley was out-shot 22-4 in the opening 20 minutes but were tied at one after 20 minutes.
Fregona scored twice and Ben Butcher had the other goal. Domenic Masellis and William Campion each had two assists.
Fregona leads the team with nine goals and 13 points through the season’s first dozen games.
The Rivermen have a pair of road games this week — Tuesday in Surrey and Wednesday in Coquitlam — before hosting Alberni Valley at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday night at 6 p.m.