Langley Rivermen goaltender Braedon Fleming made 23 saves on Thursday night as the team stopped the Coquitlam Express by a 5-2 score. Gary Ahuja Langley Times file photo

Strong second period helps Rivermen slow Express

Langley had as many goals as Coquitlam had shots over decisive middle stanza

A strong second period powered the Langley Rivermen to a 5-2 victory on Thursday night.

Trailing 1-0 after 20 minutes, the Rivermen seized control against the Coquitlam Express as the junior A hockey clubs hit the ice at the George Preston Recreation Centre in BCHL action.

The second period was all Rivermen as they scored as many goals (four) as the Express had shots on goal over the 20 minutes. Langley wound up firing 15 pucks on net in the period as they outshot Coquitlam 37-25 overall.

Tanner Versluis, Eric Butte, Ethan Leyh and Brendan Budy scored in the middle stanza while Daneel Lategan added a goal late in the third. Colin Bernard had three assists.

Alex Ambrosio and Eric Linell had the Express goals.

Braedon Fleming finished with 23 saves for the Rivermen.

The victory improved Langley to 12-4-9-0 and their 33 points give the team a five-point advantage for top spot in the Mainland Division.

The Rivermen are back in action with a pair of home games this weekend, Saturday versus the Wenatchee Wild and Sunday against the Nanaimo Clippers. Game times are 7 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.

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