Rivermen weekend preview

The Langley Rivermen continue their 4 game work week starting tonight. The boys are fresh off a big 6-1 home win over the Surrey Eagles on Wednesday night which added to the teams spectacular record at the LEC in November. In the six games that were played in Langley, the Rivermen fired in 31 goals total and are no longer the lowest scoring team in the BCHL. There are a few players on the team that are red-hot right now starting with Austin Plevy who is on an 8 game point streak, Chris Tracy has scored a goal in three straight games, and the top line of Puskarich-Tebbutt-Dyck have 22 points combined in the last 5 games. Let’s set up this busy weekend of Hockey for the Rivermen.

Friday: The Langley Rivermen welcome the Coquitlam Express to the “Fort” tonight. . These two bitter cross town rivals faced off against each other twice last weekend in a home and home affair, which makes tonight’s game the 3rd meeting in 8 days. Tonight’s game may be the biggest game of the season to date for the Rivermen as the Express are just 3 points up in the standings. Alex Petan leads all players in points in the season series with 4 goals and 2 assists in the 4 games this season. Darnell Dyck has 5 assists and Mike Tebbutt has 3 goals and 2 assists to lead the Rivermen against the Express so far. There will be three more meetings after tonight with the next game coming on  January 21st in Langley. Tonight’s contest is a 7 PM puck drop at the Langley Events Centre.

Saturday: For the first time this season the Langley Rivermen and Cowichan Valley Capitals will square off. The Capitals have been the story of the BCHL this season as they currently sit in first place in the Coastal Conference with 15 wins and 34 points. It is really remarkable with what they have done after finishing the previous season in last place with 21 wins in 60 games. Matt Brown and Devin Gannon have been leading the charge offensively with 31 & 30 points respectively and goaltender Derek Dun is also a main reason for the ‘Caps success with 9 wins and is the reigning BCHL player of the week. Saturday nights game will be the first of three meetings in the month of December between the Rivermen and Capitals. It will be a 7 PM puck drop at the Langley Events Centre

Sunday: The Rivermen will cap off the week with a matinée game in Nanaimo. This will be the third meeting of the season with both teams winning a game a piece. The road team has won each game in the season series with Nanaimo outscoring Langley 7-5 in the two games. Clippers defenseman Graeme McCormack leads the points race in the season series with 2 goals and 2 assists with Darnell Dyck, Mario Puskarich and Scott Moyer tied for the lead on the Langley side with 2 points each. It will be a 4 PM puck drop at the Frank Crane Arena.

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