The Langley Rivermen are ready to play their first games of 2012. Fresh off a big 5-0 win last week over Nanaimo, the Rivermen will look to keep the momentum going on the upcoming island road. Things will be tough for the boys in the next stretch of games as the team will play the next six away from home. Three will be on the island this week and the next three will be up in the interior the week after. Five out of the six opponents are teams that are above the Rivermen in the standings. We will definitely know where this team will stand after January 15th, but as for now the team sits in 7th place in the Coastal Conference with a 13-20-1-1 record. Let’s see some of the opponents the Rivermen will face this week on the island.
Thursday January 5th in Powell River:
This will be the seventh meeting of the season between the two squads. The season series is knotted up at 3 wins a piece, but the Kings have outscored the Rivermen 20-9 and in their 3 wins have shutout Langley. The Last meeting did not go so well for the Rivermen as the Kings walked away from the Langley Events Centre with a 5-0 victory on December 16th. This meeting will be third game inside the Hap Parker Arena and it has not been to kind to the Rivermen as they were held off the score sheet in back to back contests in early October. The Kings are in a dog fight in the standings near the top of the Conference as they sit tied for 2nd place along with Surrey with 44 points. It will be a 7 PM face off at the ‘Hap.
Friday January 6th in Nanaimo
Friday night’s game will be the sixth time Langley and Nanaimo will have face off against each other. The Rivermen lead the season series 3-2 and have gotten 7 out of a possible 10 points and have outscored the Clippers 15-10 in the five games so far. The Clippers have lost their last two games and have been slipping in the standings in 5th spot, 3 points behind Coquitlam for the last playoff spot. It will be a 7 PM face off at the Frank Crane Arena.
Saturday January 7th in Alberni Valley
The Rivermen and Bulldogs have played 4 times this season. Saturday’s game will be the third time the team will pay a visit to the always loud ‘Dog pound in Alberni Valley. In the season series the Bulldogs have 2 wins, the Rivermen have 1 and there has been 1 tie. The tie game was in the last meeting in Alberni Valley where the two teams left the rink with a hard-fought 4-4 tie. It was an entertaining game to say the least as Chris Tracy tied the game with under three minutes to go to even up the score. The overtime was exciting with both teams getting strong scoring opportunities, but James Barr and Max Fenkell stood tall in net. The Bulldogs have outscored the Rivermen 16-12 in the four games to date. It will be a big game in the standings for both clubs as the ‘Men are only 2 points up on the ‘Dogs right now. It will be a 7 PM puck drop at the Weyerhaeuser Arena.
Unfortunately, do to an injury to myslef there will be no road broadcast on the upcoming trip for the Rivermen. You will be able to listen to the home broadcast with Alex Rawnsley on Thursday, Dan Marshall on Friday and Evan Hammond on Saturday night.