The Rivermen and Clippers will do battle for the second and last time this season here this afternoon at the Langley Events Centre. The first time they met was back on November 16th in Nanaimo and it was the Clippers taking the win 6-1. It has been a busy week of hockey for the Rivermen as they have already played three games, which started on Monday in Surrey. The team then made their first trip up to Prince George for a doubleheader on Thursday and Friday. They are 1-2 so far in the three games. The Clippers on the other hand started their Mainland trip in Surrey and lost 3-2, but knocked off the Coquitlam Express 5-2 last night. It has been a pretty good month for them going 4-1-0-1 in six games.
Langley- 4th place in Mainland. GP: 48 Wins: 20 Losses: 22 Tie: 0 OTL: 5 Points: 46
Nanaimo- 2nd place in Island. GP: 48 Wins: 27 Losses: 18 Tie: 0 OTL: 3 Points: 57
Langley- PP: 3rd place in BCHL @ 21.76%, PK: 11th place in BCHL @ 79.06%
Nanaimo- PP: 6th place in BCHL @20.42%, PK: 10th place in BCHL @ 80.34%
WHO TO WATCH FOR:
Langley- Evan Campbell. The PoCo product is playing at a very high level of late. He was great in the two games in PG recording two goals and two assists and is really starting to click again with Mario Puskarich, which is great news for the team in the heat of a playoff race. He is enjoying a break out year with a career high in goals with 15 and points with 51.
Nanaimo- Greg Fraser. He enters today’s game on a six game point streak and has three goals and five assists in that span. The Nanaimo native leads the team in scoring with 49 points.
The Rivermen are going to take on a team that is very experienced. The Clippers have just six rookies on their roster and are a team that isn’t the flashiest, but are very balanced throughout the line-up. The Clippers are playing their third game in three days, while the Rivermen are about to play their fourth since Monday.
It will be the last ‘Skate with the Rivermen’ of the season after the game today. If you are planning on coming to the game, bring your skates and helmet and skate with the team after the final buzzer sounds. It will be a 2:00 PM puck drop from the LEC and can be seen live on Fasthockey.com or ustream.tv/channel/langley-rivermen-hockey.