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Langley comes back to defeat Powell River Kings

Rivermen score four unanswered goals after falling behind 2-0
Powell River Kings' forward Ryan Arnold keeps an eye on the puck as a shot from his teammate Simone Dadiè enters the headspace of Langley Rivermen goaltender Mason Beaupit on Friday, February 9, at Hap Parker Arena

Powell River Kings built a 2-0 lead before the eight-minute mark of a BC Hockey League (BCHL) game at Hap Parker Arena on Friday, February 8, but ultimately fell 4-2 to the visiting Langley Rivermen.

Will Jones and Anthony Lucarelli scored for the Kings, who now trail the Rivermen by six points in BCHL Coastal Conference standings. Langley cut the lead in half prior to the first intermission, tied the score at two with the only goal of the second period (power play), and added the game winner 3:44 into the third period. The final goal came with Powell River's net empty in favour of an extra attacker with just over one minute remaining in the game.

Vincent Lamberti made 34 saves for the home team, which was outshot 38-30, and was named the game's second star behind his counterpart Mason Beaupit and ahead of Ryan Shelling, who scored once and set up another goal for the visitors. Thomas Belzil, Adam Mendelson and Wyatt Davis set up goals for the Kings. Attendance was 926.

Langley is alone in seventh place in the nine-team Coastal Conference with 27 points (40 games played), two more that Cowichan Valley (38 games played) and six ahead of Powell River (38 games played).

The two teams meet again tonight (Saturday, February 10) at 7 pm, also at Hap Parker Arena, which is a busy venue. Earlier in the day, Powell River U18 Kings host Oceanside (3:30 pm) and Powell River U15 Kings face North Island Eagles (1:15 pm) in Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association playoff games.

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