After a much needed 10 day break, the Langley Rivermen are ready to hit the ice once again. With just 2 games remaining in December, the team will look to end a tough month of Hockey which has only seen a single win thus far. It looks as if the Christmas break came at a good time for the Rivermen as the players had a chance to go home and forget about Hockey for a week and recharge the batteries. Right now the Club sits in 7th place in the Coastal Conference, 11 points back of Nanaimo for the last playoff spot with 27 games to go in the season. Points will be at a premium from here on out if the squad would like to mount a come back and get in to one of the top 4 spots in the Conference. The quest starts tonight against the powerful Cowichan Valley Capitals.
Tonight’s meeting will mark the third time these two teams will meet. The Capitals lead the season series 2-0 and have outscored Langley 13-7. The last time they met was on December 10th in Duncan with the ‘Caps coming away with an 8-5 win in what was a very intense game right from the puck drop. It is hard to believe there was only 21 penalty minutes combined in that contest as it was played with very high emotion and even had a playoff series type feel to it. Devin Gannon and Matt Brown were a force in that game as Gannon had a 6 point night with Brown right behind him with 2 goals and 2 assists. Cowichan Valley still sits in first place with 45 points and are the first team in the Coastal Conference to hit the 20 win mark. They also possess the conference’s best road record at 10-2-0-2, which will make for a tough task for the Rivermen tonight. It will be a 7 PM face off at the Langley Events Centre and could be seen live on the BCHL network!