For the sixth straight game the Rivermen will play a divisional opponent. Tonight it will be the Chilliwack Chiefs in their home barn and that is a place the Rivermen have had some not so good memories in. Back at the BCHL Showcase the ‘Men had a 3-0 lead against PG only to have the Spruce Kings to storm back from behind and win 6-5 in OT. On October 10th in the first meeting against the Chiefs, Langley had a 3-0 lead in the third period, but the ‘Wack came all the way back not only to tie it, but win in regulation 4-3. That loss still lingers its ugly head to this day for myself and I imagine the coaches and players as well. Both squads enter tonight with wins under their belt in the previous game. The Rivermen had a massive 5-1 win over first place PG last Friday, while the Chiefs went in to Penticton on Saturday and handed the defending champs a 4-1 loss. It will be a big game with regards to the standings as the Chiefs have a five point lead on the Rivermen right now. Chilliwack has been brilliant when playing divisional opponents this year with a 5-0-1-1 record, while the ‘Men are 3-4-0-3. It will be important for the Rivermen to shut down the top line of Plevy, Esposito, and Hansen as they have combined for 70 points and are all in the top three in BCHL scoring.
Chilliwack: 2nd place in Mainland- GP: 18 Wins: 11 Losses: 5 Tie: 1 OTL: 1 Points: 24 GF: 58 GA: 48 Diff: +10
Langley: 5th place in Mainland- GP: 18 Wins: 8 Losses: 7 Tie: 0 OTL: 3 Points: 19 GF: 61 GA: 55 Diff: +6
Langley: PP- 4th place, 16/77= 20.78%, PK- 3rd place, 13/91= 85.71%
Chilliwack: PP- 6th place, 17/88= 19.32%, PK- 2nd place, 13/94= 86.17%
WHO TO WATCH FOR:
Langley: James Barr. Langley’s top puck stopper has been great his last two starts only allowing three goals on 63 shots last week. He has looked calm as ever between the pipes and has been making tough saves look easy. If he can get on a roll here in the next couple of games, look out!
Chilliwack: Josh Hansen. He is the leading goal scorer in the BCHL right now with 15 goals and is red-hot. The Chilliwack native has three goals in his last two games and makes up 1/3 of the hottest line in the BCHL this season.
Now is the time to make some hay if your the Langley Rivermen. You would much rather be three points back rather than behind seven after tonight. Expect Evan Anderson to return to the line-up after missing Friday night’s game with a lower body injury. The game is at 7PM pacific time at the Prospera Centre and can be seen live at http://www.fasthockey.com or free audio will be available at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/langley-rivermen-hockey. Pre-game show will be at 6:45. Mike “the boiler” and I will have the call.