Langley Trappers’ Matthew Smoliga manoeuvres past Grandview Steelers’ Kristofer Zlomislic during the junior B Trappers inaugural game earlier this season. Smoliga had a three-point game on Jan. 31 in his team’s 3-2 victory. Gary Ahuja Langley Times

Langley Trappers extinguish division-leading Flames

Expansion Langley junior B hockey club on verge of qualifying for PJHL post-season

The Langley Trappers took a big step towards earning a post-season berth, picking up three of a possible four points against the first-place Ridge Meadows Flames.

The Trappers and the Flames skated to a 3-3 draw on Saturday at Maple Ridge’s Planet Ice before Langley knocked off the Flames 3-2 Wednesday night at the George Preston Recreation Centre.

The Trappers are unbeaten in four games (3-0-1-0) and sit in third place in the PJHL’s Harold Brittain Conference. And with three games remaining, the junior B expansion hockey club has a five-point cushion over both Aldergrove and Mission. The top four qualify for the playoffs.

Wednesday’s game saw the teams tied at two in the second period when Matthew Smoliga scored his second of the night for the winner. It was part of a three-point game for the defenceman.

Hollander Thompson had Langley’s other goal as the Trappers went 3-for-7 with the man advantage.

Kristian Lyon made 28 saves for the win.

Saturday’s contest saw Nicholas Wagner, Casey Whintors and Ben Hamel with the Trappers goals while Keaton Dyck made 38 saves.

Langley is back in action on Feb. 1 as they visit the Surrey Knights.



sports@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

VIDEO: Langley Coldest Night walk does well despite snow

Walk for homeless likely to acheive financial goal despite poor weather, organizer says

VIDEO: Snow Day in the Langleys

Digging out after heavy snowfall

Spartans tame WolfPack, through to semifinals

Trinity Western wins best-of-three series after back-to-back wins at Langley Events Centre

‘Acoustic Ninja’ comes to Fort Langley

Trace Bundy bringing astonishing guitar skills to Chief Sepass Theatre on March 3

VIDEO: Snowfall’s timing perfect for young sledders

Langley kids made the most of a district-wide pro-d day on Friday

President praises nearly 1,800 volunteers at B.C. Games

Ashley Wadhwani sits down with the Kamloops 2018 B.C. Winter Games President Niki Remesz

The way government learn someone has died is getting a digital overhaul

Governments in Canada turned to private consultants 2 years ago to offer blueprint

Bobsleigh team misses Olympic medal finish

Canadian team finishes four-man event 0.84 seconds behind first place, 0.31 seconds from podium

B.C. Games: Athletes talk Team Canada at PyeongChang 2018

From Andi Naudie to Evan McEachran there’s an Olympian for every athlete to look up to

Snowboarders sliding into fresh territory at B.C. Games

Athletes hit the slopes for first appearance as an event at the B.C. Winter Games in Kamloops

Cariboo woman raises funds for Seizure Investigation Unit beds at VGH

VGH Foundation gets VCH approval to begin fundraising for SIU beds; local efforts are paying off

Looking back at the 1979 B.C. Games: Good memories, even better jackets

39 years later, Kamloops is hosting the Winter Games again, with some volunteers returning

OLYMPICS 101: Oldest and youngest Canadians to reach the podium

This year, Canada sent its most athletes in Winter Games history, here’s a look at record breakers

BCHL Today: Cowichan Caps play spoiler and Nanaimo wins 10th straight game

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Most Read