The Langley Rivermen will look to bounce back after a tough 5-1 loss last night to Penticton. It was the end of a four game winning streak for the team and the task does not get any easier with the surging Surrey Eagles rolling into the LEC today. The Birds are the top dogs in the Mainland division and have won three out of their last four games and have points in six straight. Today will mark the fourth meeting of the year between the clubs with the Eagles leading the season series 3-1. On trade deadline day, Surrey Head Coach/GM Matt Ehrhart went out and made his team better acquiring Adam Tambellini from the Vernon Vipers. He will only add to a very dangerous offense, but the one guy that has been standing out is goaltender Michael Santaguida. He is probably the hottest goalie in the BCHL right now as he has not lost a game in regulation since December 16th. The Eagles had the night off yesterday and are coming off a big 2-1 win at home against Penticton on Friday night.
Langley: 4th place in the Mainland.- GP: 36 Wins: 15 Losses: 15 Tie: 1 OTL: 5 Points: 36
Surrey: 1st place in Mainland. – GP: 37 Wins: 23 Losses: 10 Tie: 1 OTL: 3 Points: 50
Langley: PP- 6th place @ 20.73%, PK- 7th place @ 81.50%
Surrey: PP- 14th place @ 16.87%, PK- 8th place @ 81.43%
WHO TO WATCH FOR:
Langley: Aaron Dolby. Last night was his first game since November 10th and he looked great. I can only help but wonder how good he will be when he gets a few more games under his belt. He helps his team a great deal in every facet of the game and last night he was noticeably physical showing no signs of rust.
Surrey: Adam Tambellini. He could not of asked for a better start with his new team scoring both goals against the Vees on Friday night. He is a very skilled forward and can hurt you if he has time and space. He is currently second in the league in goals with 24.
The Rivermen still have a one point lead on the Express and have three games in hand. They will use one of those games in hand today, but they mean nothing if you do not win them. After last night’s result, I will be surprised if the ‘Men do not come out of the gates with some jam.
It will be a 2:00 face off from the Langley Events Centre and can be seen live on Fasthockey PPV and free audio is can be found at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/langley-rivermen-hockey.