Nanaimo Clippers goalie Cooper Black made a save with help from teammate Andrew Noel as Langley Rivermen Riley Wallack and Max Bulawka go to the net during Game 2 of the B.C. Hockey League’s Coastal final playoff series Saturday, April 30, at Nanaimo’s Frank Crane Arena. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Clippers goalie Cooper Black made a save with help from teammate Andrew Noel as Langley Rivermen Riley Wallack and Max Bulawka go to the net during Game 2 of the B.C. Hockey League’s Coastal final playoff series Saturday, April 30, at Nanaimo’s Frank Crane Arena. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Langley Rivermen eliminated from BCHL playoffs

Nanaimo Clippers defeat local team 6-1 on Wednesday at the George Preston Rec Centre

After a 6-1 loss on Wednesday, May 4, the Langley Rivermen are officially eliminated from the Shaw BCHL Playoffs.

Playing on home ice, the Rivermen opened the scoring in the first period on a deflection goal by Rivermens’ centre Riley Wallack.

But Nanaimo netminder Cooper Black also continued his run of excellence in the playoffs, making 31 saves on 32 shots in Game 4 of the B.C. Hockey League’s coastal conference playoff series. The joint Clippers’ effort permanently benched the Rivermen for the rest of the season and ensured Nanaimo advances to the championship.

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The Clippers built on that lead in the second stanza when Keighan Gerrie and Daniells both scored, and the team finished things off with a Waters’ empty-netter and a Charles Tardif marker in the third to make it 6-1.

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Langley Rivermen defeated the Victoria Grizzlies four games to one during the coastal conference quarter-finals in mid-April. Then, they advanced to the semifinals, where they beat the Alberni Valley Bulldogs four games to two in the best-of-seven play.

In this latest round of the coastal conference finals, Nanaimo Clippers won four straight, knocking out the Rivermen and earning themselves a berth at the Fred Page Cup finals.

Nanaimo has won all 12 of its playoff games, sweeping the Surrey Eagles, Chilliwack Chiefs and now the Rivermen

The Clippers’ win last night sets the stage for a matchup against the Penticton Vees in a battle of two teams that have lost a combined one game all post-season. The first game in this matchup is set for Friday night in Penticton.

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