The Rivermen and Eagles will square off for the eighth and final time this season tonight at the LEC. It has been a classic Langley-Surrey rivalry throughout the season and with the exception two games, the scores have been close. It will be the second time in a month span where the two teams will play each other. The last time they played a trio of games in a single month was back at the start of the year in September where they played three straight times to kick off the season. The Eagles hold a 4-3 edge in the season series and have the slight advantage in the goals for department at 22-20. The most recent game between Langley and Surrey came six days ago at the South Surrey Arena. It was a contest where the Rivermen won by a final score of 4-1 and put together one of the the teams most impressive 60 minute efforts of the season.
In the standings the Rivermen sit in eighth place with 40 points, but with a win tonight can move into the sixth spot, leapfrogging both Alberni valley and Victoria. The Eagles are the class of the ‘Coast in first place with 77 points and have already clinched a playoff spot. It will be a crucial game for both squads as the Eagles look to pad their lead in top spot in hopes of clinching home ice advantage throughout the Coastal Conference playoffs. The Rivermen on the other side of the coin, do not want to finish in last place and will be using one of their games in hand on Alberni Valley (one game in hand) and Victoria (two games in hand) tonight.
The Rivermen should be very proud of the way they played against Surrey this season. It just goes to show the parody in the league that there is no easy points in the BCHL on any given night. The Rivermen will look to bump a three game losing skid, which occurred over last weekend. The players were definitely disappointed with their effort over the three-day span, especially after playing so well on Wednesday in Surrey. It has been a tough schedule for Langley of late as tonight will mark their fifth game in just seven days and even took the day off yesterday to get some rest. The Eagles on the other hand played on Saturday night at home and have won their last two contests.
It will be a 7 PM face off from the Langley Events Centre and can be heard/seen live on the BCHL Portal.
*Interesting note- Tonight, Ryan Bakken will play his 41st career game against Surrey in his BCHL Career! (played 2 as a call- up in 2008-2009)
September 23rd @SSA- Langley 3 – Surrey 2 OT
September 24th @LEC-Surrey 5 – Langley 2
September 30th @ SSA-Surrey 2 – Langley 1
November 30th @ LEC- Langley 6 – Surrey 1
February 1st @ LEC-Surrey 8 – Langley 2
February 11th @ SSA- Surrey 3 – Langley 2 OT
February 22nd @ SSA- Langley 4 – Surrey 1
Leading Scorers in the season series in the 7 meetings:
Langley: Puskarich- 6 goals, 1 assist…..Tebbutt- 2 goals, 5 assists…..Dyck- 2 goals, 3 assists
Surrey: B.Morley- 3 goals, 5 assists…..Stenerson- 2 goals, 4 assists…..T.Morley- 3 goals, 4 assists…..McGovern- 4 goals