For the second time in eight days the Rivermen will welcome the Capitals to town. The memory of the last time these two rivals met on February 9th was not a very good memory in regards to the Langley side. In a game where the Rivermen controlled most of the play, and even out-shot the ‘Caps 38-28, it was Cowichan Valley scoring a late goal in the dying minutes to win 3-2. That game is fresh in the minds of the Rivermen players and they feel they definitely “owe them one”. It will be the fifth meeting of the season between the teams with the Capitals having a strangle hold on the series 4-0. Last game was easily the closest match-up in the season series and in fact was the first one goal game between the ‘Riv and ‘Caps. If it was not for the strong goaltending from Brady Rouleau the game in all likelihood would have ended up in the Rivermen’s favour.
In the standings the Rivermen sit in eighth place just two points back of Victoria with three games in hand and three back of sixth place Alberni Valley with a single game in hand. The Capitals are in third spot in the Coastal Conference and are just 2 points out of first place, but have played the most games out of any team in the ‘Coast at 52 games. Cowichan Valley has won three out of their last four games and have been doing it without one of their top scorers in Matt Brown who has missed his last five games with an injury.
The Rivermen have been playing very well of late against some tough opponents. Although the wins have not been coming, they feel as a team if they continue to play sixty minutes they will have a better fate at the end of games. With 12 games remaining, the Rivermen can finish as high fifth (with some help) and talking to some members of the team, they feel as if it can happen. It all starts with Cowichan Valley tonight and can be seen/heard live on the BCHL Live Portal at http://www.bchl.ca. Expect James Barr to square off against Derek Dun in between the pipes tonight.
December 3rd @ Langley Events Centre- Cowichan Valley 5 – Langley 2
December 10th @ Island Savings Centre- Cowichan Valley 8 – Langley 5
December 28th @ Langley Events Centre- Cowichan Valley 6 – Langley 1
February 9th @ Langley Events Centre- Cowichan Valley 3 – Langley 2
Leading Scorers in season series in the 4 meetings:
Langley: Dyck- 3 goals, 1 assist…..Sutliffe- 2 goals, 1 assist…..Tracy- 1 goal, 3 assists…..Plevy– 1 goal, 2 assists…..
Cowichan Valley: Gannon: 4 goals, 7 assists…..Charles: 3 goals, 5 assists…..Brown: 2 goals, 2 assists…..Iacobellis: 4 assists