The Langley Rivermen will look to exact a measure of revenge tonight at the South Surrey Arena. Every member of the organization has not forgotten about what happened at the Langley Events Centre on January 13th, which is the last time these two met. It was a game the ‘Men let slip away, let’s just leave it at that. Tonight will be the sixth meeting of the season, with Surrey holding a 4-1 win advantage in the season series.
The Rivermen have been playing some much better hockey since that loss to the Eagles and have rattled off two straight wins. They took care of Salmon Arm last night to start the weekend off on the right foot with a 5-2 victory. The Eagles were also in action last night and knocked off the Chilliwack Chiefs 6-4 in a game Chilliwack had leads of 3-1 and 4-2. What makes it even more remarkable is that Tambellini, Shaw and Hannoun were held off the score sheet. That is called depth right there ladies and gentleman.
Langley: 4th place in Mainland- GP: 39 Wins: 17 Losses: 16 Tie: 1 OTL: 5 Points: 40
Surrey: 2nd place in Mainland- GP: 41 Wins: 25 Losses: 11 Tie: 2 OTL: 3 Points: 55
Langley: PP- 3rd place @ 21.91%, PK- 10th place @ 80%
Surrey: PP- 9th place @ 18.85%, PK- 6th place @ 81.82%
WHO TO WATCH FOR:
Langley: Mario Puskarich. He was the first star last night with two goals and two assists. He is the overall leader in goals and points and is the first player in the BCHL to reach 30 goals and 60 points. After last night’s performance he surpassed his point total from last year which was 59, and is one goal shy of the 31 he put up all of last year.
Surrey: Michael Stenerson. He has been the Eagles most productive forward of late racking up eight points in the last four games. He has already set a new career high in points with 42 and assists with 29. He is very highly skilled and with does not need very much room to make plays.
The Eagles have been very good at home all year and are built for the olympic size ice at the South Surrey Arena. They are unbeaten in their last four games on home soil and the fans usually make it a tough environment to play in.
It is going to be interesting who starts in-goal tonight. Both teams are playing three games in three days this weekend, which means the back-up is likely to get at least one start out of the three. Do you continue to ride the hot hand with Barr or do you give him a rest and go with Hogg and let Barr start Sunday? I am not sure if the Eagles are in the same predicament as Back-up Glenn Ferguson was not in the line-up last night, so I would have to think Santaguida gets the call tonight. I guess what I am trying to say is your guess is as good as mine.
It will be a 7:00 PM face off from the SSA and can be seen live on Fasthockey PPV. Free audio will also be available at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/langley-rivermen-hockey.