Rivermen Sink Warriors in 2 OT

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(ISN) – A good defensive effort went for naught as the Langley Rivermen knocked off West Kelowna with a 2-1 win in double overtime on Remembrance Day in Langley.

A slow start to the first period saw limited chances and tight checking hockey. The Rivermen would open up a 1-0 lead though at 18:20 when Matthew Graham fired a shot from the point after a Warrior turnover.

The 2nd period would see more big saves from both goaltenders, as Bo Didur and Scott Patton stopped everything they faced.

There would also be some big hits in the period, as Gage Torrel was given two and ten for a blow to the head on Mac Ferner in the middle frame. Kyle Marino would also deck Jacob Kearley as he reached up for a high puck.

Early in the 3rd Period Jonathan Desbiens would execute the perfect 3 on 2 rush, snapping a shot over Didur’s shoulder after a great pass from Andrew Johnson.

The Warriors held the Rivermen to just a single shot on goal in the 3rd period as the teams headed to Overtime.

In the first OT, West Kelowna had a late power-play opportunity as Jason Cotton hit the post on a one-timer in the slot.

Once the penalty expired and the teams reverted to 3 on 3, the Rivermen would get a turnover down low and Jacob Kearley snapped home the game winner while standing all alone in front of Patton, who was named 2nd star.

Next action for West Kelowna is Friday against Merritt, 7:00 pm at Royal Lepage Place.

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