For the first time this season, the Rivermen and Chiefs will meet. It will have a special feeling for a certain few in the building starting with the head coaches for both teams. Bobby Henderson (Chilliwack native) played five seasons for Harvey Smyl in a Chiefs uniform and will stand across the bench from his former coach for the first time as a BCHL bench boss. Smyl on the other hand spent five seasons coaching in Langley when the Chiefs were the Junior “A” squad in town where he compiled a record of 156-138-6. This game will be the first of eight meetings on the year and you can bet that a great rivalry will begin tonight. Both coaches preach a hard nosed, physical style of game and I expect nothing less than that when the puck drops tonight at the Prospera Centre. Currently the Rivermen are on a season high three game win streak, while the Chiefs are unbeaten in their last four games, which means someone’s hot streak will likely come to an end tonight unless there is a tie. In the standings, both teams have very similar records. The Rivermen are 5-2-0-1, while the Chiefs are one point up with a record of 5-2-1-1, but have played one more game than the ‘Men. We could possibly see a good ol’ fashioned goaltenders duel tonight. Both squads have very good number one goaltenders that can win games on their own if necessary. James Barr has been outstanding only allowing six goals in his last four starts, While Mitch Gillam has only allowed 18 goals in his eight starts this season. The similarities do not stop there between the teams. In the power play category, Langley sits in sixth place at 22.92%, while the ‘Wack in in the seven hole at 20%.
PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR:
Langley: Austin Azurdia. ——–> Need I say more? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtEI7TqZu3Q . Matt Ustaski is also coming off his best game in a Rivermen uniform last Sunday. The big forward scored his first BCHL goal and added an assist and was a force all game against PG and looks to be coming into his own.
Chilliwack: Former Rivermen skater Austin Plevy is off to a fast start with his new club and co-leads the team with 12 points. Rookie Luke Esposito also has 12 and leads the team with 10 assists, while Josh Hansen has 11 points and is coming off a big week picking up 3 goals and 3 assists.
WHERE TO TUNE IN:
As always the game will be available at www.fasthockey.com if you would like to watch it on the PPV. Free audio will be available on our u-stream channel at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/langley-rivermen-hockey . Puck drop is at 7:00PM pacific, withe pre-game show set for 6:45.