Twenty minutes away from facing a 0-2 series deficit, the message from head coach Bobby Henderson was nothing special during that intermission.
“They just have to believe they can get it done and stick to their game and play within our structure,” he explained.
The Langley Rivermen were in Chilliwack in game two on Saturday against the Chiefs, with Chilliwack having won game one the night before 4-1 in the opening round of the BCHL playoffs.
Langley had opened the scoring with a goal from Ryan Barrow but the Chiefs responded with tallies from Powell Connor and Kale Kane in the second period.
Heading into intermission, the Rivermen were being outshot 21-12.
But Langley responded with the first period of the series in which they registered more shots than Chilliwack, firing 13 pucks on goal compared to the Chiefs’ nine.
And one of those 13, a shot from Zac Masson, found the back of the net 4:55 into the frame, tying the score at two.
Andrew Dumaresque played overtime hero, taking a pass from Barrow to fire home the game-winner, and tying the series at one game apiece.
“This is nothing new for these guys, they have been finding ways to win games all year. It is just a matter of continuing that on,” Henderson said.
In game one, Chilliwack potted a pair of goals in the first 4:28 with Davis Bunz and Kohen Olischefski each finding the back of the net.
Chilliwack’s Colin Bernard and Langley’s Angus Crookshank traded goals in the second period before Kane rounded things out with a goal with four minutes to play.
Henderson said the Chiefs came out flying in game one while his players were adjusting to what was the first BCHL playoff experience for many of them.
“I thought we responded really well, played a solid game, top to bottom on Saturday and managed to get it done in overtime,” he said.
The series now shifts to Langley and the George Preston Recreation Centre for games three and four tonight (Monday) and Tuesday. Puck drop is 7:15 p.m. both nights.
“It is a five-game series now and we have home-ice. We have to make good on it,” Henderson said.