For the second time this season, the Rivermen and Spruce Kings will lock horns and you can guarantee revenge is on the mind for the ‘Men. Although the last meeting on September 9th was almost a month ago, that loss to the Kings is still fresh in the minds of the Rivermen staff and players. In that game Langley had a 3-0 lead in the second period and a 5-3 lead in the third only to have PG rally back and win 6-5 in overtime. Since that game the Spruce Kings have registered at least a point in five out of the last seven games and sit tied for first place in the mainland division with 12 points after their big win in Surrey last night. Some might be surprised where they sit in the standings, but the team has been scoring by committee. All but five skaters who have played at least five games has scored a goal and all but one forward has found the back of the net. Goaltender Kirk Thompson has gotten off to a fantastic start with a 5-1-1 record with a 2.64 GAA and a .913 save % and has been a big reason to their success so far. The Rivermen on the other hand are playing in just their second home game of the season, but will play a monthly high six games at the LEC in October. The squad is coming off their first interior road trip of the season a weekend ago where they went 1-1 in the two games. The Rivermen have the advantage in the special teams department as their power play has been stellar in the first six games scoring in all but one game thus far and is currently ranked fourth. Their Penalty Kill is in the middle of the pack in eight place, while PG’s PP is ranked eighth and their PK is in 12th. This will be game one of a double header between these teams this weekend as the ‘Kings and Rivermen will play again at the LEC on Sunday afternoon.
WHO TO WATCH FOR:
Langley: Trevor Cope has been on fire to start the year and has registered at least a point in six straight games. Evan Campbell has been equally as hot putting up twp goals and six assists in his first three games back to the line-up and has a nice little scholarship to Umass-Lowell to show for. How could I forget the unbelievable play from James Barr. He had an outstanding last weekend only allowing four goals in total and made some spectacular saves to boot. Barr will especially look to get one back against the Spruce Kings as he took the 6-5 OT loss that night at the Showcase facing 21 shots.
Prince George: A pair of defensemen is leading the charge offensively through nine games as Bradley Ryan and Mitch Eden are tied with nine points a piece. Although they have been held off the score sheet the last two games, it is remarkable that a couple of blue liners are tied for the team lead the team in scoring. Forward Coltyn Hansen is also tied with nine points and Cam Lawson is right behind him with eight. Those two are always a threat when on the ice with their world class speed.
WHERE TO TUNE IN:
The game can be seen on Fast Hockey PPV at http://www.fasthockey.com or for free audio visit our free U-stream channel at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/langley-rivermen-hockey. Puck drop is at 7:15 PM pacific from the LEC.