Langley Rivermen’s Torrin White bangs at a loose puck in front of Nanaimo Clippers goalie Evan Johnson during Saturday night’s BCHL game at the Langley Events Centre. Nanaimo’s Tanni Kaldis (#4) scored the overtime winner in a 4-3 Clippers victory. Despite the loss, White had a productive weekend with two goals and six points in a pair of games. The Rivermen had defeated Coquitlam 5-3 the night before.

White leads the way as Rivermen pick up three points

Langley beats Coquitlam, falls in OT to Nanaimo

Coming in on a three-game losing streak, the Langley Rivermen rallied from behind in a pair of games to come away with three out of a possible four points.

The Rivermen erased a 3-2 third-period deficit on Friday night in Coquitlam to derail the Express 5-3.

And at home at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday night against the Nanaimo Clippers, the Rivermen found themselves down 3-2 entering the third period. They forced overtime, but Yanni Kaldis scored the OT winner for the 4-3 Clippers victory.

“It was definitely a step in the right direction; we played well,” said Langley forward Torrin White, who paced the attack with a combined six points over the two games.

White scored twice and set up two other goals in Coquitlam and then had a pair of assists in the overtime loss to Nanaimo.

“It comes back to everyone playing well. The points I got, it was just teammates making good plays,” he said.

The forward said it was good to get the team back on track, especially coming off a three-game losing streak which saw the Rivermen get out-scored 17-4.

“Guys have been frustrated (with the losing) so it was nice to get back on track,” White said.

The results leave Langley with a record of 23-17-1-1 and 48 points, which is good for third place in the BCHL’s Mainland Division with 16 games to go in the regular season.

Head coach Bobby Henderson said he liked the fact his team didn’t quit when trailing after 40 minutes in both games.

“This showed the guys that we are never out of a game,” he said. “I think it is good for our confidence.”

He also liked the fact the Rivermen played solid defence in both games, giving up a combined 50 shots on goal.

“The guys played pretty well, they played hard,” Henderson said.

In addition to White’s two goals, Max Kaufman, Will Campion and Justin Fregona had the other tallies against the Express.

The Nanaimo game saw Kaufman and Matty Saharchuk score in the second period before Adam Sinclair forced overtime with a goal in the third period.

Bo Didur was in goal for both games.

Up next for the Rivermen is a two-game set in Prince George against the Spruce Kings on Jan. 21 and 22 before they return home to host the Express in a matinee at the LEC on Jan. 24. Game time is 3 p.m.

 

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