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Rivermen strike quickly, take early series lead
Three second-period goals — including a pair 11 seconds apart — helped the Langley Rivermen erase a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Surrey Eagles 4-2.
The junior A hockey rivals were playing in game one of their best-of-seven BCHL Mainland Division semifinal series at the Langley Events Centre on March 4.
Anthony Conti had the visitors on the board first with a goal 6:04 into the contest.
Matt Ustaski tied it with a power-play goal early in the second and then Marcus Vela and Evan Anderson scored on successive shifts to give the home side a 3-1 lead.
Conti's second made it a one-goal game with 2:26 to play but Jakob Reichert scored into the empty net as time expired for the 4-2 final score.
Mitch McLain had two assists for the Rivermen and Brock Crossthwaite made 25 saves.
Game two goes March 5 before the series shifts to the South Surrey Arena for games three and four on March 7 and 8.