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Rough start to 2012 for Rivermen

Langley Rivermen goalie Jim Kruger makes a save against Nanaimo Clippers opponent Kyle Kramer as Rivermen player Derek Sutliffe helps out defensively during the second period of Friday
Langley Rivermen goalie Jim Kruger makes a save against Nanaimo Clippers opponent Kyle Kramer as Rivermen player Derek Sutliffe helps out defensively during the second period of Friday's B.C. Hockey League game at Nanaimo's Frank Crane Arena. The Rivermen lost 6-2.
— image credit: Greg Sakaki/Black Press

It has been a rough start to 2012 for the Langley Rivermen.

The Rivermen managed just a single point in three road games over the weekend, and that came at the tail end of the trip, a 3-2 loss to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

Langley also dropped a 7-0 decision to the Powell River Kings and fell 6-2 to the Nanaimo Clippers in BCHL junior A hockey action.

Against the Clippers, the Rivermen led 2-1 after 40 minutes — on goals from Mario Puskarich and Mike Tebbutt, but Nanaimo struck for five unanswered goals in the third.

Jim Kruger made 50 saves in the loss and followed that performance up with a 54-save performance against the Bulldogs.

Tebbutt and Thomas Nitsche scored in the defeat.

The Rivermen are back in action this weekend with a three-game Interior road trip with stops in Penticton, Salmon Arm and Merritt.

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