Eagles impress in tiering round
The Langley Eagles went an impressive 6-2 in a very competitive tiering round of the Pacific Coast Bantam Tier 1 Hockey League.
The record left them tied in top spot with Abbotsford, Surrey and the Burnaby Winter Club.
The Eagles cruised in their opener, dropping Hollyburn 7-1.
Up next was the North Shore Winter Club, and with Langley trailing 4-3 after 40 minutes, the Eagles came out strong and scored twice in the third to win 5-4.
The team would drop their third game, a 4-2 decision to Surrey.
And it looked like Langley was going to drop two in a row when they found themselves down to BWC 1-0 with less than two minutes to play.
But Kyle Becker intercepted a clearing pass in the offensive zone and fed the puck to Austin Plevy in the corner. Plevy beat two defenders and then deked out the goaltender and roofed a back-hander to tie the game.
With BWC pressing for the go-ahead goal and only 40 seconds left, Justin Klimek was able to chip the puck off the boards and out to Mitchell Guiel at centre ice. Guiel sped past two defenders and fired the puck home for a 2-1 Langley victory.
The next couple of games came down to the third period.
Against the Richmond Blues, Langley controlled play for the first two periods, out-shooting their opponent 25-7, but neither team scored.
Early in the third, against the flow of play, the Blues opened the scoring. The Eagles were able to storm back and tie the game on a goal from Cole Klimek. And with about five minutes to go, Cody Haddow scored the go-ahead goal and Klimek clinched the win with an empty-netter.
Against Ridge Meadows, the Eagles jumped ahead 5-1 but by the middle of the third, the score was tied at five. Haddow fired home the winning goal with less than five minutes to play.
After an easy 7-3 win over Cloverdale, Langley faced Abbotsford knowing a victory would secure sole possession of top spot in tiering. The score was tied at three with seven minutes to play, but Abbotsford scored a power-play goal and added an empty-netter to win 5-3.
The Eagles also competed recently in the Kelowna Rockets bantam AAA hockey tournament, reaching the semifinals, before falling in the shootout.
The Eagles offence was on fire the first two games, scoring 10 goals against Spokane and then eight against Kamloops.
With a semifinal berth clinched, the team came out flat in their final round robin game, suffering a 9-2 loss to Penticton.
Against South Delta in the semifinals, Langley took the play to their opponent for much of the game, but a combination of a hot goaltender and no puck luck was the Eagles undoing.
The teams skated to a 4-4 tie after regulation and overtime, and South Delta won the shootout 2-0.