Langley Rivermen’s Sean Gulka scored twice in his team’s 4-1 victory over the Surrey Eagles. Gary Ahuja Langley Times file photo

Rivermen still hold lead on top spot

One win in past five games sees Langley junior A hockey club’s advantage for division lead down to single point

The Langley Rivermen scored a big 4-1 victory over the Surrey Eagles to stop a three-game losing streak.

Unfortunately for the team, they could not build on that success, falling 3-1 the following night to the Coquitlam Express.

Both junior A hockey games were played at the George Preston Recreation Centre and the split leaves Langley with a 16-9-9-1 and their 42 points give them a slim one-point lead over Prince George for top spot in the BCHL’s Mainland Division.

Friday’s victory was a solid effort from start to finish, while Saturday was categorized by some lapses, said Langley head coach Bobby Henderson.

“We are doing a good job of keeping ourselves in games, we just need more guys stepping up,” he said. “We are getting opportunities, we are getting chances, it is just making the most of it and capitalizing.”

Sean Gulka led the way in the victory with a pair of goals while John Wojciechowski had a goal and two assists. Ethan Leyh had the other Langley marker.

Surrey’s Perry Winfree ruined Braedon Fleming’s shutout bid with a power-play goal in the third period as the Langley goaltender finished with 22 saves.

“We had good jump, good complete and made the most of our chances,” Henderson said.

Saturday night, however, saw Langley overcame a slow first period to even the score after 40 minutes.

Fleming was back between the pipes on Saturday night, finishing with another 18 saves.

The teams were tied at one after 40 minutes with Joshua Bruce opening the scoring for Coquitlam in the first and Colin Bernard responding with a power-play goal in the second.

The Express’ Alex Ambrosio snapped the deadlock with 5:03 to play before Colby Pederson iced it with an empty-netter.

“We just weren’t good enough in the third,” Henderson said. “Give Coquitlam full credit for the win — they had good goaltending and made the most of their chances. They deserved the win.”

The Rivermen have two games to go before a nearly two-week break for the holidays as Langley hosts Chilliwack on Dec. 15 and Surrey the following night. Both games begin at 7 p.m.

The Eagles sit in third spot in the Mainland Division, four points back of Langley while Chilliwack is in fourth spot and six points back of the Rivermen.

Henderson said he is confident the players will be focused on the task at hand and not looking ahead to some time off.

“They are a pretty focused group and I am confident they will do what they have to to get prepared,” he said. “They know we are in a tight battle in the standings and I am confident they will have themselves prepared.”


sports@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Aldergrove sees Centurion tank, tears, and war veterans march

An estimated 2,500 people paid their respects at the Aldergrove cenotaph on Nov. 11

Aldergrove eagles soar like planes in the Remembrance Day sky

Jim Sclater of Aldergrove penned his second poem in remembrance of Canada’s soldiers and veterans

Suspect in Langley child’s murder appears in court

Kerryann Lewis is awaiting trial for first degree murder

Agatha Christie adaptation needs Langley actors

Theatre in the Country is holding auditions for Murder on the Nile production, Nov. 17 and 19

LETTER: Langley’s Afghanistan war memorial seems fitting place for Nov. 11 ceremony

A local woman expected services at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum memorial

‘We love you, Alex!’: Trebek gets choked up by ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant’s answer

The emotional moment came in Monday’s episode when Trebek read Dhruv Gaur’s final answer

Bargaining to resume in Metro Vancouver transit strike as bus driver overtime ban looms

Both sides might be headed back to the table to prevent new overtime ban

Petition to ‘bring back Don Cherry’ goes viral after immigrant poppy rant

Cherry was fired from his co-hosting role for the Coach’s Corner segment on Nov. 11.

B.C.’s high gasoline prices still a mystery, Premier John Horgan says

NDP plans legislation this month, seeks action from Justin Trudeau

Group walking on thin ice at B.C. lake sparks warning from RCMP

At least seven people were spotted on Joffre Lakes, although the ice is not thick enough to be walked on

VIDEO: Don Cherry says he was fired, not sorry for ‘Coach’s Corner’ poppy rant

Cherry denies he was singling out visible minorities with his comments

B.C. teacher suspended for incessantly messaging student, writing friendship letter

Female teacher pursued Grade 12 student for friendship even after being rebuked

Disney Plus streaming service hits Canada with tech hurdles

Service costs $8.99 per month, or $89.99 per year, in Canada

Trudeau’s opponents: One gives him an earful, another seeks common ground

PM meets with Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe

Most Read