RIVERMEN GAMEDAY: Rivermen @ Spruce Kings

THE RUNDOWN:

Ding, Ding, round two! Less than 24 hours later after last night’s final buzzer , the Rivermen and Spruce Kings will lock horns once again. The Rivermen escaped with a 6-3 win in the sixth meeting of the year and now have a 4-2 advantage in the season series. The key factor in last night’s victory was Langley’s start. They took a 3-0 lead into the second period  and were able to capitalize on two early power plays, while PG could not. The ‘Men did a great job of not allowing very many second chance opportunities and they blocked a ton of shots especially on the penalty kill.

Overall it was a very good game from the goaltender on out. 10 players recorded at least a point in the game, while four had two points or more. James Barr was fantastic turning away 46 shots and was named second star and was a calming influence back between the pipes.

THE STATS:

Standings:

Langley-  GP: 47     Wins: 20     Losses: 21     Tie: 1     OTL: 5     Points: 46

Prince George-  GP: 48     Wins: 22     Losses: 18     Tie: 1     OTL: 7     Points: 52

Special Teams:

Langley- PP: 3rd place in BCHL @ 21.90% (3/6 last night),     PK: 10th place in BCHL @ 80.00% (6/6 last night)

Prince George- PP: 15th place in BCHL @ 15.38%,(0/6 last night)     PK: 7th place in BCHL @ 81.34%(3/6 last night)

WHO TO WATCH FOR:

Langley- Mario Puskarich. He’s back. The six game goal-less drought is officially a thing in the past as the veteran winger whipped home a hat-trick last night for the third time this year. He now has seven multi-goal game’s and has a four point cushion in the race for the Brett Hull Trophy(League top scorer) and a two goal gap between himself and Brady Shaw. His first goal last night, set a new career high in goals and now sits at 34 on the season.

Prince George- Cam Lawson. He had a pretty good game last night and was one of PG’s most dangerous forwards finishing with a goal and an assist. Lawson is small at 5 foot 8, 170 pounds, but he is fast and very skilled. He has good numbers against Langley in his career putting up 4 goals and 12 assists in 13 games. 7 of those 13 games were with the Victoria Grizzlies last season.

FINAL TID-BITS:

I imagine the Spruce Kings were not happy with themselves last night and will come out a lot harder tonight. Things got heated last night at the end of the second period, and I would expect the rivalry to be in full force tonight. This game might make or break the Rivermen’s chances of catching the Spruce Kings for third place. As it stands right now, the ‘Boatmen are six back, but have played one game less.

As for starting goaltender’s tonight, it is still up in the air. I would not be surprised if Hogg gets the start to give Barr a rest who has played a lot lately and has seen his fair share of rubber in the last six games. The Surrey native was even bowled over a few times from Spruce Kings crashing the net. For Prince George, Thompson was pulled last night in the second period and did not look like himself. In warm-up it looked like he tweeked something, which may have effected his performance. I won’t be surprised if we see the back-ups tonight.

It will be a 7:00 PM face off from the Prince George Coliseum and can be seen live as always on Fasthockey.com or on ustream.tv/channel/langley-rivermen-hockey.

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