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Shaw BCHL Playoff Recap: Apr. 23

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Langley Rivermen – 5
Alberni Valley Bulldogs – 2

Riley Wallack potted a pair of goals, Max Dukovac had a goal and three assists and Ajeet Gundarah stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced as the Langley Rivermen defeated the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 5-2 in Game 6 to secure the final spot in Round 3 of the Shaw BCHL Playoffs.

The Bulldogs struck first in this one when Cole Melady broke the ice with just over six minutes to go in the first period, but that goal was quickly answered by the Rivermen when Ryan Upson scored his second of the series to make it 1-1 at the first intermission.

The second period proved to be the turning point in the game as Langley got two goals from Riley Wallack, one midway through the frame and another in the final minute, to take a 3-1 lead.

Alberni would get to within one in the third when Braden Blace beat Gundarah with a point shot on the power play, but Dukovac scored the insurance marker with less than five minutes to play and Owen Kim sealed the game with an empty-net goal with 23 seconds remaining.

The Rivermen scored on both of their power-play opportunities while the Bulldogs went one-for-two with the man advantage.

Langley will now take on the Nanaimo Clippers in the Coastal Conference finals. Nanaimo will have home-ice advantage as the higher seed.