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The 140: OT Heartbreak In Langley

Photo: Darren Francis

Photo: Darren Francis

As I tweeted when the game ended, this game was fun, particularly the last five minutes. Here’s some thoughts that were too big for tweets following a 5-4 Rivermen victory in OT:

– Funny how the Chiefs penalty kill let them down early in this game, allowing three Rivermen goals, including markers on the first two opportunities – and then it was the penalty kill that came up big in killing one off with two minutes left in the third, securing a point. Also like that the boys got a tying goal from Zach Diamontoni in the third. Chilliwack’s record when trailing after two this season coming in was 1-27 or something awful. They were down after two on Friday. Point secured thanks to Diamontoni, the PK, and Spencer Tremblay late.

– A shame they couldn’t get a shot in overtime before James Robinson ended it 37 seconds in. It was back and forth a little there in the third. Entertaining stuff. Both teams battled in this one, no question.

– Austin Azurdia had a great game on the Langley side with four points, a few dangerous plays around the goal, and a fight with Tanner Cochrane in which he held his own very well. One of two Rivermen forwards with four points – he and James Robinson, an Oiler draft pick this past spring.

– Powerplay continues to struggle for the Chiefs. 1 for their last 22. We can talk about puck movement around the outside forever – ya gotta put the puck in. Diamontoni’s goal came shortly after a power play expired, for the record.

– Speaking of Zach D – nice to see him shoot the puck a little more on Friday.

– Nice shot from Jake Hand on the Chiefs’ third goal, as well as a nice rush from Andrew Silard down the right wing on the first one.

– Langley did this tonight without their leading goal scorer in Matt Ustaski, and Evan Anderson. Plenty of depth for this team. Mitch McLain had a big part in the win, along with Jakob Riechert, Azurdia, and Robinson. This team will be a tough out come playoff time, particularly with Zach Urban leading the way on the blueline.

Fun game. Entertaining. Back and forth. But it still kind of felt like a loss. Which is a shame. Back at it Sunday night against a very good West Kelowna Warriors team.

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