The Langley Rivermen and the Nanaimo Clippers will do battle one last time tonight at the LEC. The two teams have seen each other a lot this season with tonight’s contest marking the 7th meeting. It has a playoff style feel to it with both teams winning three games a piece in the season series with the biggest game set to come tonight in a decisive GAME 7. Yeah, Langley does have one more point than the Clippers in the series due to an overtime loss that occurred on December 4th, but I am going to hype this bad boy up like it’s a playoff series! I am not quite sure what we are going to expect tonight. In the six games thus far we have seen two-one goal games where the other games have been not so close. The most recent game between Langley and Nanaimo came earlier in the month on the 6th when the Clippers defeated the Rivermen 6-2 at the Frank Crane Arena. In that game the Rivermen were clinging on to a 2-1 lead entering the third period of play until the Clippers exploded with five goals in a row to close it out. Jim Kruger faced 56 shots, with 22 of them coming in the third period.
The Clippers are desperate for points as they sit on the outside of the playoff picture by five points. They come into the Langley Events Centre winners of their last two games while the Rivermen are also entering tonight winning their last game out against Coquitlam on Saturday night. It will be the second game of a six game home stand for the ‘Men.
The Rivermen will have home ice advantage tonight, but the Clippers will have played one more home game by the time it is all said and done. The scoring in the season series has been air tight with the Rivermen edging the Clippers 17-16. It will be a 7 PM puck drop at the Langley Events Centre and can be heard/seen live on the BCHL Live Portal.
Previous games in the series:
October 21st Frank Crane Arena– 4-3 Langley win
October 29th Langley Events Centre- 4-1 Nanaimo win
December 4th- Frank Crane Arena- 2-1 OT Nanaimo win
December 9th- Frank Crane Arena- 4-1 Langley win
December 29th- Langley Events Centre- 5-0 Langley win
January 6th- Frank Crane Arena- 6-2 Nanaimo win