Perhaps it could be some of their skilled players in Brendan Budy or Angus Crookshank or the team’s rope-a-dope style of play.
Whatever it was on Friday turned out to be the difference maker as the Spruce Kings fell 4-1 to the Rivermen.
It only took three minutes for Langley to get on the board as former Spruce King Nicholas Ponak beat Evan DeBrouwer on the power-play giving the home side a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.
The second period didn’t start out much courtesy of Sean Gulka who buried home a feed from Budy doubling the lead to 2-0.
Later in the period, Ben Poisson provided the ice breaker for Prince George scoring on the man advantage, cutting the deficit in half at 2-1.
Unfortunately, the struggles for DeBrouwer continued when Crookshank joined the goal parade by finishing off a three-way passing play from Budy and Colin Bernard advancing the Langley lead to 3-1 at the end of two periods.
Crookshank then potted his second of the night – late in the third period to ice the victory.
The Spruce Kings outshot the Rivermen 29-20 overall but only went 1 for 9 on the power-play.
Prince George remains in a three-way tie for top spot in the Mainland Division with Langley and Surrey with 54 points each.
The Eagles fell 7-4 to the Trail Smoke Eaters on the road.
The Spruce Kings next game is on Saturday against the Coquitlam Express.