For the first time since October 20th, the Langley Rivermen went to bed in a playoff spot. The team is starting to find its stride as they are on a three game win streak and are unbeaten in their last four. This afternoon the ‘Men will welcome the Cowichan Valley Capitals who are currently in last place in the BCHL and are coming off a 3-3 tie last night in Salmon Arm. You got to think their legs are going to feel like jello after travelling about five hours from Salmon Arm down here to the mainland and will be playing three games in three days.
The game today will be the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. The last time they met was back on November 17th in Cowichan and it was the Capitals coming away with a 4-3 double overtime win. The rebuild has already began in Cow’ Valley as they traded their starting goaltender Derek Dun and star defenseman Troy Patterson last week.
Langley- GP: 34 Wins: 14 Losses: 14 Tie: 1 OTL: 5 Points: 34
Cowichan Valley- GP: 32 Wins: 9 Losses: 20 Tie: 1 OTL: 2 Points: 21
Langley- PP: 6th place 21.29%, PK: 5th place 82.04%
Cowichan Valley- PP: 8th place 18.94%, PK: 13th place 79.19%
WHO TO WATCH FOR:
Langley: Mitch McLain. In my mind he was robbed of a star selection last night. He was one of the best skaters on the ice between both teams last night and really stepped up his game in the third period scoring two goals. He is on a four game point streak and has seven points in that span.
Cowichan Valley: Steen Cooper. The youngster leads the team in scoring with 10 goals and 14 assists. He is a fun player to watch with his combination of speed and skill. For his efforts this season he is committed to Minnesota State for 2014/2015.
With a Langley win today they can give themselves a three-point cushion over the Express in the standings. Although the Capitals are in last place in the league, you still cannot take anyone lightly and Langley can attest to that back on November 17th.
As of right now, all four lines up front are rolling, all three defense pairs are playing well, and both Barr and Hogg are in mid-season form. After such an emotional win last night in Chilliwack, it will be interesting to see how the team reacts at home and now in a playoff spot. It will be a 2:00 PM face off from the Langley Events Centre and can be seen live at http://www.fasthockey.com and on http://www.ustream.tv/channel/langley-rivermen-hockey.