Rivermen enter break on slide

Langley Rivermen forward Patrick Martens clears some teddy bears off the ice during Saturday
Langley Rivermen forward Patrick Martens clears some teddy bears off the ice during Saturday's BCHL game against the Prince George Spruce Kings. Evan Campbell's goal brought down a stream of teddy bears as the Rivermen held their annual Teddy Bear Toss night at the Langley Events Centre on Dec. 17.
— image credit: Garrett James

The Langley Rivermen limp into the holiday break after suffering back-to-back home ice losses over the weekend at the Langley Events Centre.

The Rivermen lost 5-0 to the Powell River Kings on Friday and 3-2 to the Prince George Spruce Kings on Saturday.

The defeats dropped the junior A hockey club’s record in the month of December to a dismal 1-5-1-1.

Against the Kings, Langley allowed an early power-play goal and Powell River doubled the lead to 2-0 with 20 seconds left in the middle frame.

They iced the game with three third-period goals.

Facing Prince George, the teams traded goals in the first, with Evan Campbell and Austin Plevy striking for Langley, both times to erase one-goal deficits.

But Chase Golightly put Prince George ahead to stay with a goal midway through the second period.

Langley (12-19-1-1) sits 11 points back of the fourth and final playoff spot in the BCHL’s Coastal Conference.

The team returns to action Dec. 28 when they host Cowichan Valley. They also host Nanaimo on Dec. 29.

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