Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Usually games between the Express and Langley have a playoff type feel to them. And a physical intensity that makes for very entertaining hockey. But the two teams took a night off from that Tuesday.

All night long the Express seemed to be just off their game by "that much". The final outcome was a 4-1 Langley Rivermen win. They now sit 10 points clear of Prince George and their magic number to clinch the Mainland division title is now 1.

Ryan Rosenthal scored the lone goal for the Express on the power play with a blast from the right circle.

The goal capped a strong start for the Express in the opening 5 minutes.

Langley pulled even on a power play when Chris Forney powered home a one timer from a great pass cross ice by Evan Anderson just seconds after a Langley 5 on 3 man advantage expired.

It was a game where the passes weren't quite able to click, or the chances the Express had they just weren't able to convert.

Marc Biega rang a shot off the goal post, Corey Mackin missed a tap in chance in the first period.

In the second period Langley made life difficult for the Express to try and generate an attack. They forced them into turnovers in the neutral zone or just inside the Rivermen blue line.

The best chance to score came on the power play when Bo Pieper had a chance at the side of the net, but a good stick by Tanner Johnson got in the way when Bo looked to put it in the empty net.

Gage Torrel had a tap in from a feed off the stick of Evan Anderson at 6:40 to give Langley the lead for what would turn out to be for good.

Kevan Killistoff gave Langley insurance in the third period when he banged home the rebound of an Austin Azurdia shot following a won face-off in the Express zone.

The Express looked to try and get back in the game, but they never found their game on this night. Whether it was another apparent tap in for Corey Mackin that didn't connect or Cameron Marks being unable to unload a slap shot when the puck appeared to be sitting on a tee.

Mitch McClain capped off the scoring stealing the puck off Mark Whitley and putting it into an empty net.

The best thing for the Express on this night is to quickly put it behind them and get ready for one final first round playoff preview with Prince George at home Friday night. 

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