Langley Rivermen's Derek Sutliffe fires a shot past Alberni Valley Bulldogs' Turner Popoff during BCHL action at the Langley Events Centre on Feb. 26. The Rivermen lost 4-3 in overtime.

Langley Rivermen's Derek Sutliffe fires a shot past Alberni Valley Bulldogs' Turner Popoff during BCHL action at the Langley Events Centre on Feb. 26. The Rivermen lost 4-3 in overtime.

Rivermen struggles continue

Langley junior A hockey club has tough time in month of February, with just four points in nine games

Five games in seven days resulted in just three points for the Langley Rivermen.

The most recent loss was Tuesday (Feb. 28) when the Rivermen dropped a 6-4 home-ice decision to the Surrrey Eagles at the Langley Event Centre.

The game began well enough for Langley as they raced out to a 3-1 first period lead behind goals from Chris Tracy, Mario Puskarich and Bo Pellah.

But the Eagles raced back with three second period goals, two from Sean McGovern and another from Robert Lindores to take a 4-3 lead after 40 minutes.

Danny Vlanich pulled the Rivermen back on even terms early in the third, scoring his first career BCHL goal when he snapped a wrist shot off the wing during a delayed penalty.

And it looked like the game was heading for overtime. But Brandon Morley — who also scored in the first for Surrey — scored the winner with 66 seconds to go. Brandon Tanev added an empty-net goal.

The Rivermen also faced Surrey to start their busy stretch of five games in seven days, going into the  South Surrey Arena and posting a 4-1 victory on Feb. 22.

But that was followed by a 3-2 loss to the Victoria Grizzlies on Feb. 23 and a 4-0 defeat to the Cowichan Valley Capitals the next night.

The Rivermen did manage a single point on Sunday (Feb. 24) when they lost at the LEC 4-3 in overtime to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

Against the Grizzlies, Victoria’s Cam Lawson scored the winner on a power play with 5:07 remaining in a 3-3 tie.

Jackson Playfair, Austin Plevy and Derek Sutliffe combined for two goals and six points while Bren Greiner had the other Rivermen goal.

Greiner and Puskarich put Langley ahead 2-0 against Alberni Valley, while Darnell Dyck had the other goal.