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Rivermen strike quickly, take early series lead

Langley Rivermen captain Mitch McLain is down but not out as he makes a play at the Surrey Eagles
Langley Rivermen captain Mitch McLain is down but not out as he makes a play at the Surrey Eagles' blue-line during game two of the BCHL semifinal series at the Langley Events Centre on March 5. McLain had two assists in both games one and two as the teams traded victories. Langley won 4-2 in game one while Surrey responded with a 4-3 victory in game two.
— image credit: Gary Ahuja/Langley Times

Three second-period goals — including a pair 11 seconds apart — helped the Langley Rivermen erase a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Surrey Eagles 4-2.

The junior A hockey rivals were playing in game one of their best-of-seven BCHL Mainland Division semifinal series at the Langley Events Centre on March 4.

Anthony Conti had the visitors on the board first with a goal 6:04 into the contest.

Matt Ustaski tied it with a power-play goal early in the second and then Marcus Vela and Evan Anderson scored on successive shifts to give the home side a 3-1 lead.

Conti's second made it a one-goal game with 2:26 to play but Jakob Reichert scored into the empty net as time expired for the 4-2 final score.

Mitch McLain had two assists for the Rivermen and Brock Crossthwaite made 25 saves.

Game two goes March 5 before the series shifts to the South Surrey Arena for games three and four on March 7 and 8.

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