Chilliwack, BC – The Chilliwack Chiefs owned the shot-clock but not the scoreboard, falling 3-2 in overtime to the Langley Rivermen Saturday night at Prospera Centre.
Matty Saharchuk’s overtime winner gave Langley a sweep of the weekend home-and-home, despite his team being out-shot 47-27.
The Rivermen improved to 5-2-0-0 in early season. The Chiefs slipped back to .500 at 3-3-1-2.
In a tight checking game with scarcely an open inch of ice to be had, Langley’s Justin Fregona opened the scoring at 2:51 of period two.
But with the Rivermen’s William Campion in the box at 11:07, Vimal Sukumaran got his team even. The team’s top goal scorer took a feed from Dennis Cholowski and, from the left faceoff dot, ripped a top-shelf short-side shot over the shoulder of Langley keeper Nickolas Trenciansky.
Chilliwack’s leading goal scorer, with nine, appeared to stare down the Langley bench as he celebrated.
A few shifts later the feisty forward was fortunate to avoid the sin bin when he hammered Adam Sinclair into the boards with a hit that could have been deemed ‘from behind.’
Sukumaran and company escaped to the third period in a 1-1 tie, then took the lead 4:52 into the final frame.
Jesse Lansdell scored the go-ahead goal, set up by Kohen Olischefski. The rookie wheeled and fired a shot from the slot that missed wide left. But it took a Chiefs bounce off the end boards, rattling back in front for Lansdell to pop past Trenciansky.
Langley got a chance to tie with five minutes remaining when Eric Benshadle was flagged for hooking. On the power play, Dominic Franco beat Chilliwack stopper Aidan Pelino with a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle to send this game to overtime.
Saharchuk put it away with 47.3 seconds remaining in three-on-three OT.
The 20 year old Fort St. James native won a footrace with Chillliwack’s Carter Cochrane and put a shot over Pelino’s glove.
The Fortis BC Energy Player of the Game was Chilliwack’s Linden Hora.
The three stars were Treciansky (first) Lansdell (second) and Sukumaran (third).