RIVERMEN GAMEDAY: Rivermen @ Express

For the last time this season, the Rivermen and Express will play at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre. It will be the seventh meeting overall with Coquitlam leading the season series 4-2. It has been an interesting series so far and to prove that, three out of the four Express wins have come at a 6-3 score. Another interesting note is that Coquitlam played host to the first three games, while Langley hosted the last three meetings. The Express have outscored the ‘Men 26-19, which is not a surprise as they lead the Coastal Conference in scoring with 218 goals for. The game tonight is the start of a home and home match-up between the squads and will be the last time they will see one another until next season.

The Rivermen are coming off a disappointing February where they picked up just a single win in nine games and have had some heartbreaking losses mixed in. The Express on the other hand are flying of late picking up five wins in the last six games and are not looking like a team in fourth place one bit. The Rivermen could very well have entered tonight’s game on a two win streak, but unfortunatley has not been the case. In the last two contests the ‘Riv have had a two goal lead after the first period, to only have the opposition come from behind and skate away with the two points.

In the standings, the Rivermen sit in eighth place with 40 points, but with just a single point and a Victoria loss tonight can move ahead in seventh spot. Coquitlam is currently holding down the final playoff spot with 68 points, and with a win tonight can clinch a playoff spot and end Nanaimo’s hopes of getting in.

It has been 41 days since these two cross-town rivals have last met. Im sure it will not take long before they are at eachother’s throats tonight. The Rivermen need to play a solid 60 minutes of Hockey if they want to pull off a victory and more importantly must stay out of the box. Coquitlam has the second best power play in the entire BCHL with a 27.45% ratio and can be the difference in a Hockey game. If the Rivermen can keep their man advantage at bay and cut down on turnovers, we will be in for a close one tonight. It will be a 7 PM face off from Coquitlam and can be heard live at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/langley-rivermen-hockey .

Previous Meetings:

October 7th- @ Poirier Sports & Leisure Centre- Coquitlam 6 – Langley 3

November 4th- @ Poirier Sports & Leisure Centre- Coquitlam 2 – Langley 0

November 25th-@ Poirier Sports & Leisure Centre- Langley 5 – Coquitlam 2

November 26th-@Langley Events Centre- Coquitlam 6 – Langley 3

December 2nd-@Langley Events Centre- Coquitlam 6 – Langley 3

January 21st-@Langley Events Centre- Langley 5 – Coquitlam 4

Leading scorers in season series (6 meetings)

Langley: Tebbutt- 5 goals, 2 assists…..Dyck- 6 assists…..Puskarich- 2 goals, 4 assists

Coquitlam: Petan- 6 goals, 4 assists…..Kerfoot-7 assists…..Shaw- 4 goals, 2 assists…..

 

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