Eagles even up series at one

Langley Rivermen
Langley Rivermen's Gage Torrel delivers a hit on Surrey Eagles' Darius Davidson during the team's BCHL playoff game at the Langley Events Centre on March 5. Torrel scored once but Surrey won 4-3 to even the best-of-seven series at one game apiece.
— image credit: Gary Ahuja/Langley Times

The Langley Rivermen and Surrey Eagles are all tied up at one game apiece.

The Rivermen led 3-2 early in the third period after Matt Ustaski's second goal of the night, but from there, the Eagles took over, especially with Langley making four straight trips to the penalty box.

"We were on the wrong end of some questionable calls," said Rivermen coach Bobby Henderson after the game, adding that his team will regroup and rebound.

The junior A hockey clubs faced off at the Langley Events Centre on March 5.

After the Rivermen killed off the first two penalties — including a brief two-man disadvantage — Chase McMurphy tied the score at three on Surrey's third power play of the period.

And less than two minutes later, Nathan Renouf fired home the winner.

Surrey outshot Langley 20-9 in the third period and 36-31 in the game.

The Eagles power play — ranked second in the regular season — went 2-for-7. This came after they were blanked on all four chances in game one, a 4-2 Rivermen victory the night before.

Ustaski had opened the scoring, taking a beautiful feed from captain Mitch McLain at the 4:00 of the first period.

But Eagles captain Danton Heinen tied things up 10 minutes later with a power-play goal.

Gage Torrel made it 2-1 for the home side at 3:21 of the second period, redirecting a feed from James Robinson. Play continued as the goal light never went on, but it was confirmed a goal as the puck went in-and-out quickly at the next stoppage.

Jonah Renouf wired home a shot from the blue-line to tie the score at two after 40 minutes.

McLain had two more assists for the Rivermen, matching the pair he picked up in game one.

The series shifts to the South Surrey Arena for games three and four on March 7 and 8. The fifth game will be back at the LEC on March 10.

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