Tonight will mark the first meeting of the season between the Rivermen and Warriors. It is also the start of a home and home set between the clubs as the ‘Men will travel to West Kelowna tomorrow. Both teams have the same amount of points with 11 so far through nine games and both squads are much improved from a season ago. The Rivermen have been chomping at the bit to get this game going as they look bounce back after Wednesday night’s debacle in Chilliwack. Rivermen fans remember exactly what happened in the third period, so there is no need to reiterate what went on. The Warriors on the other hand have recorded points in four straight games, albeit they have a 1-2 record in October so far, but the two losses have been in overtime. Like the Rivermen, the Warriors have a pretty balanced attack. Six players on the roster have a point per game average. Langley will miss one of their high scoring forwards in Evan Campbell for a second straight game as he sits out his last game of a two game ban. The Rivermen will look to continue their strong play at home as they have started the year with a 3-0 record at the LEC, while the Warriors have been pretty good on the road with just one regulation loss. I fully expect a great match-up in goal with both teams putting in their number one puck stopper. James Barr going up against Tyler Briggs has all the makings of a low scoring game.
Langley: 4th place in Mainland: 5-3-0-1= 11 points, 35GF, 25GA, 175 PIM
West Kelowna: T-2nd in Interior: 4-2-0-3= 11 points, 37GF, 20GA, 128 PIM
Langley: PP- 6th place- 12/53=22.64%, PK-8th Place-10/51=80.39%
West Kelowna: PP-4th Place- 10/38= 26.32%, PK-2nd place-4/44=90.91%
WHO TO WATCH FOR:
Mario Puskarich– The veteran forward is coming off a two point night from Wednesday in Chilliwack and now leads the team with 11 points. He is not only playing well offensively, but on the defensive side of the puck, he has been very reliable.
Aaron Dolby- The rookie d-man has quietly been playing great the entire season and was rewarded with his first BCHL goal last game against the Chiefs. He continues play in all facets of the game including the power play where he scored his goal.
Seb Lloyd: The second year forward leads the team in scoring with 12 points and has almost eclipsed his entire point total from a year ago. Although on the shorter side at 5’10”, he is very skilled.
Tyler Briggs: His 4-3 record between the pipes does not do him justice. The Warriors starter has only allowed 10 goals in his seven starts this season. He currently leads the BCHL in GAA at 1.38 and save % at .937.
The game will be available to watch at www.fasthockey.com or if you would like to listen to free audio visit our free channel at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/langley-rivermen-hockey . Puck drop is at 7:15 PM from the Langley Events Centre, with the pre-game show beginning at 7:00 pacific.