Kehler Scores Winner Against Former Club

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by Kevin Berar

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(ISN) – Township of Langley, BC – Colton Kehler scored the game-winner against his former club as the Langley Rivermen came from behind to win for the third straight game, defeating the Cowichan Valley Capitals 3-2 on Friday night at the Langley Events Centre.

Kehler scored mid-way through the second while Justin Szeto continued his hot streak, scoring his fourth goal in as many games as the Rivermen moved into a tie for second place in the Mainland Division.

“Not the start we wanted again,” said Head Coach and General Manager Bobby Henderson. “We defended hard and made good decisions with the puck. It was nice to not have to go to overtime.”

“It was a good team win,” said Hunter Anderson. “We got off to a slow start but figured it out and we got momentum with the goal late in the first and then right away in the second and locked it down in the third.”

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The Capitals were up 2-0 in the first period before Szeto beat Matthew Zentner high on the blocker side with three seconds left in the first to cut the deficit to one heading into the second period. Twenty-one seconds into the frame, Jake Kearley finished off a nice saucer pass from Erik Udahl to tie the game. At the 9:25 mark, Kehler scored his seventh of the season when the former Capital put home a loose puck from Szeto and Kilistoff, which proved to be the game winner.

“As coaches we’re challenging them to rise to the situation,” said Henderson. “With our group the leaders are starting to feel more comfortable at being leaders; they’re talking guys through it. The younger guys are getting the job done and having a major impact on the game.”

“We’re growing as a team, even the young guys,” said Anderson. “Everyone’s pitching in and doing well lately. Everyone’s having a lot more fun.”

The Capitals were unable to find their offense after the first period as the team only managed five shots in the third period.

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“It was a tighter checking game than last weekend,” said Capitals Head Coach Bob Beatty. “They kept a little closer attention to the guys that are putting the puck in the net for us. Our top line was checked fairly tight. We did get some opportunities but weren’t able to capitalize. It’s a tough way to drop an opportunity blowing a two goal lead with three seconds left in the first period. That was the difference.”

The Rivermen improve their home record to 9-4-1-1 as the team will look to make it a season-high four straight wins when they host the Surrey Eagles on Saturday on Basics for Babies Night.

When the Rivermen score their first goal, fans will throw unopened diapers onto the ice, which will be collected and donated to Basics for Babies. Puck drop is at 7:00PM, doors open at 6:00PM.

 

NOTES: Shots on Goal: LAN 29, CV 24. Powerplay: LAN 0-4, CV 1-4. Saves/Shots: LAN – Bo Didur 22/24 (W), CV – Matthew Zentner 26/29 (L). Three Stars: 1st: LAN Jake Kearley, 2nd: LAN Justin Szeto, 3rd: CV Darien Craighead

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