Langley Rivermen end Victoria Grizzlies season

Cleve Dheensaw

A depleted Victoria Grizzlies squad saw their season come to an end in Langley on Friday night.

The fourth-seed Rivermen defeated the fifth-seed ­Grizzlies 5-3 to win the best-of-seven opening-round B.C. Hockey League Coastal Conference series four games to one.

Defenceman Isack Bandu led the Grizzlies offence with two goals. Kalen Szeto had a goal and assist. Joseph Messina had a goal and three assists on a four-point night for the ­Rivermen.

The Grizzlies were again without three injured ­defencemen in Clark Hiebert, who led all BCHL defencemen in scoring, Eli Barnett and Michael Adamek.

The Rivermen joined the Alberni Valley Bulldogs and Nanaimo Clippers in the second-round of the Coastal Conference playoffs. The conference top-ranked Bulldogs beat the eighth-seed Cowichan Valley Capitals and the third-seed Clippers defeated the sixth-seed Surrey Eagles in opening-round four-game sweeps. Alberni will now host the Rivermen in the second round.

The second-seed Chilliwack Chiefs lead the seventh-seed Coquitlam Express 3-2 in the remaining first-round Coastal Conference series