For the seventh straight game the Rivermen will battle against a Mainland opponent. Tonight will be the Coquitlam Express for the third time this season and they have had the Rivermen’s number so far in the season series with a 2-0 record. However, both games took place in Coquitlam. For the sixth straight game, the Express will be without Alex Kerfoot, Brandon Morley, and Zach Pryzbek who are all at the World Junior “A” Challenge. Although shorthanded, the team has been doing pretty well without them with a 3-2 record. Last time these two teams met on October 28th, Coquitlam handled the Rivermen without their three top gunners with a 3-1 score.
The Rivermen should be fresh coming into tonight’s game. They have had the last two days off since their last game on Wednesday in Chilliwack and it is a game the ‘Men would like to forget as they took a 5-1 defeat. The Express played last night against those very same Chiefs and lost 4-2 at home. Langley will look to get their power play back on track as they had nine power play opportunities against the Chiefs and could not capitalize on a single one. The task will only get tougher against Coquitlam on the man advantage as they have the best penalty kill in the league.
Coquitlam- 4th place in Mainland: Wins: 11 Losses: 7 Tie: 1 OTL: 0 Points: 23 GF: 55 GA: 44 Differential: +11
Langley- 5th place in Mainland: Wins: 8 Losses: 8 Tie: 0 OTL: 3 Points: 19 GF: 62 GA: 60 Differential: +2
Langley: PP- 8th place: 16/86= 18.60% PK- 3rd place: 13/96= 86.46%
Coquitlam: PP-13th place: 15/89= 16.85% PK- 1st place: 9/76= 88.16%
WHO TO WATCH FOR:
Langley: Evan Anderson. He was one of the more effective skaters for the Rivermen on Wednesday night. He recorded his first goal in a Rivermen uniform and showed some flashes of his high-end skill during the night. As each game goes along he is beginning to get more and more comfortable in his new environment.
Coquitlam: Cole Huggins. He faced over 48 shots on goal last night and in particular has been great against the Rivermen this season. He is second overall in wins in the BCHL with 10 and has the best GAA among goaltenders who have played 10 games or more. He is a cool, calm goalie back between the pipes and rarely gets rattled.
Like Wednesday night this is another big game for the Rivermen. At the end of the night, they can be either two or six points back of the Express, which means another good effort at home will be a priority. It will be a 7:15 PM puck drop from the Langley Events Centre and it is Veterans Night. The game can be seen live at http://www.fasthockey.com and free audio will be available at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/langley-rivermen-hockey .