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Cleaning Up: Rivermen Edge Chiefs

Quick things following a 4-3 Langley victory Wednesday night at Prospera Centre:

1. The game was close, but that was because Josh Halpenny gave his teammates a chance on Wednesday night to make it so. He made a few big saves in this one, including a shorthanded breakaway on Kevan Killistoff. You couldn’t ask for too much more from the local kid on Wednesday. Langley carried a lot of the play territorially in the game, with the Chiefs spending too much time in their own zone, particularly in the second period. Credit the Langley forecheck/pressure for hemming the Chiefs in like they did. It was far cry from what we saw two weeks ago at the Langley Events Centre.

2. I made a big thing earlier today about Langley taking penalties. They killed off five plus minutes of penalties to start the third with the game still in doubt. And after that played out. Shay Laurent had a breakout pass bank off Quentin McShane’s skate right to Will Cook, who began a three way passing play that was finished by James Robinson. While that goal wasn’t the winner, it felt like a dagger, and seeing the Chiefs give up one in that fashion – a bad turnover – it was a nod back to the first few days of the season. Little things, man. Langley did them. The Chiefs too often did not. That’s what cost them. Credit the Riv’ for doing so. That’s how you pick up points on the road.

3. Plenty of one goal games for the Chiefs lately – five of their last six have been decided by one tally. When you have one goal games, the differences aren’t that big. Comes back to the little things – Not executing on a power play that went 0 for 5. Kurt Black nearly tying the game in the final two minutes off an inspired rush that rolled just wide of the goalpost in tight. Not getting nearly enough quality looks with Halpenny out for the extra attacker.

This team is competitive. They’ll win more games no question. But attention to detail will decide many of them. Langley paid a little more attention on Wednesday night.

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