Sunday, January 29, 2012

Rivermen 5 Smoke Eaters 4

Evan Campbell's power-play goal proved the winner for Langley in a 5-4 matinee at the Langley Events Centre.

The Rivermen forward tapped home a third rebound past Lyndon Stanwood 11:16 into the third period on Langley's only power-play of the game.

The Rivermen opened things early, as Austin Plevy backhanded home on a breakaway less than 90 seconds in.

But Trail answered back on a 5-on-3 when Garrett McMullen tipped home an Erik Cooper point shot, then Brent Baltus gave the Smokies a 2-1 lead as he roofed a rebound with just 4 seconds left in the opening frame.

Cooper made it 3-1 in the first minute of the second, but Langley fought back over the remainder of the middle frame, culminating in goals 39 seconds apart.

Trail pressed after Campbell's power-play marker, as Luke Bertolucci jammed home a rebound in the dying minutes. The Smokies, though, were unable to equalise and dropped their second one-goal game in as many days.

Up Next: Trail plays 6 of the next 7 at home, beginning with a Thursday night affair Feb. 2 against Alberni Valley.

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