Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Rivermen 6 Eagles 1

Three power-play goals, and a four-point night from veteran Tyson Witala helped the Langley Rivermen eliminate the Eagles with a 6-1 victory at South Surrey Arena Tuesday.

The Rivermen fired 45 shots at Surrey netminder Bo Didur en route to a six-game series win.

Langley opened the scoring on an Evan Anderson wrist shot 6 and a half minutes in, then nearly took a 2-0 lead when Witala attemped a wrap-around only to be thwarted by Didur at his left post four minutes later. The Rivermen came close yet again later in the frame, having a goal disallowed after the puck wildly caromed off a high stick in the slot.

The Eagles were frustrated by Langley's defense Tuesday, finding themselves parried by a slough of blocked shots, eleven of which came in the first period.

Langley's special teams took over in the second, the first of their three power-play markers coming on a point blast from Victor Dombrovskiy just shy of the midway mark.

Witala added a third Rivermen goal on a rebound in front of Didur 1:59 before the break, then potted a second 39 seconds into the third period to give Langley a 4-0 lead.

Langley native Danton Heinen got the Eagles on the board at the four-minute mark of the third, firing home a centring pass from Anthony Conti from the bottom of the left circle.

But the determined Rivermen kept coming, and kept scoring, adding a fifth on a right-wing snapper from Austin Azurdia before Darien Craighead rounded out the scoring, banging home a loose puck from the slot 3:46 from time.

Didur made 39 saves in goal for Surrey, many bordering on the unmathematical. Brock Crossthwaite stopped 25 shots in the Langley net.

Langley will face the Coquitlam Express in the Mainland division final.

My Three Stars:
1. Tyson Witala, Langley
2. Jakob Reichert, Langley
3. Brock Crossthwaite, Langley

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