The Langley Rivermen are back from their holiday break and they sure hope to end their last road game in 2012 on a high note against the Express tonight. This weekend will mark the biggest couple of games this entire season with the Rivermen five points back of the Coquitlam Express entering tonight’s game. The two squads have played each other four times this season, and the series is locked up at 2-2 with the home team winning every game so far. The last meeting came on December 14th and it was one to remember for the Rivermen and one to forget for the Express in a 8-3 Langley win. The top line of Puskarich, Campbell, and Robinson had an unbelievable night combining for 18 points and chased started Cole Huggins from the game which is a very hard thing to accomplish.
The Rivermen have had a very tough time playing inside the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre in the past two seasons with a 1-6 record. The Express have had their fair share of struggles on home ice this season with just six home wins to date and a below .500 record overall. Some of that has to do with fighting the injury bug all season long. From here on out they will be without their star Alex Kerfoot for the rest of the year due to shoulder surgery, which is a massive blow. However, they will get some much-needed help with the return of a few forwards in Malcolm Mckinney and Sam Majka, who have missed a significant amount of time with long-term injuries.
Langley: 5 th place in Mainland– GP: 31 Wins: 11 Losses: 14 Tie: 1 OTL: 5 Points: 28
Coquitlam: 4th place in Mainland– GP: 32 Wins: 16 Losses: 15 Tie: 0 OTL: 0 Points: 33
Langley: PP- 7th place 28/141= 19.86%, PK- 4th place 82.58%
Coquitlam: PP- 13th place 26/151= 17.22% PK- 7th place 80.80%
WHO TO WATCH FOR:
Langley: James Barr. The Langley starter has played the last nine games in a row for the ‘Men. If there was one player that needed the holiday break it would be him as he played three games in three days before the lengthy break. With a lot of rest, you can expect to see a rejuvenated goaltender who will be motivated to get his team in a playoff spot.
Coquitlam: Philip Zielonka. Yes him again. He is still the hottest player in the BCHL riding a ridiculous 11 game goal streak and an 18 game point streak overall going into tonight. During that span he has racked up an amazing 17 goals and 10 assists. You cannot give this forward any room or he will make you pay as many teams can attest to.
Points do not get much bigger for the Langley Rivermen. It is an old “four point game” as people like to call it and with just one day of practice under their belt, Rivermen fans sure hope the turkey rust wears off rather quickly when the puck drops. It will be a 7 PM face off from the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre and will be available on www.fasthockey.com and on www.ustream.tv/channel/langley-rivermen-hockey.