Get use to hearing the Rivermen and Chiefs in the same breath because they will play each other four times in the span of 16 days. Langley has three home games left and yes, you guessed it, all three are against Chilliwack. Tonight’s game will be the fifth meeting of the season and it is the Chiefs holding a 3-1 win advantage in the season series thus far. The last time they met was back on January 5th at the Prospera Centre where Langley won 6-3.
The Rivermen are coming off of their busiest week of the season where they played four games in a week. They will be looking to change their fortune tonight after going 1 for 4. The Chiefs on the other hand after snapping a five game losing skid on February 10th, have won three out of there last four and have victories in their last two games over West Kelowna and Surrey.
It is has been a very high scoring season series in the four games. 31 total goals have been scored and the last two meetings have ended in scores of 6-3 for Chilliwack (December 15th) and 6-3 for Langley (January 5th). Langley has been involved in a lot of high scoring games lately. In the last three games nine goals have been scored in each game, with the ‘Men coming out on top one out of the three times.
Langley: 4th place in Mainland. Wins: 20 Losses: 23 Tie: 1 OTL: 5 Points: 46
Chilliwack: 2nd place in Mainland. Wins: 30 Losses: 18 Tie: 1 OTL: 1 Points: 62
Langley: PP- 4th place in BCHL @ 21.72%, PK- 11th place in BCHL @ 78.99%
Chilliwack: PP- 2nd place in BCHL @ 22.03%, PK- 1st place in BCHL @ 85.92
WHO TO WATCH FOR:
Langley: Mario Puskarich. I feel almost guilty picking him it seems like every other game, but his play is hard to ignore. The BCHL scoring leader had one of his best week’s statistically last week. He put up a mind-boggling seven goals and three assists in four games and now has 37 goals and 75 points, which leads the league in both categories. Almost more impressive is tonight, he will play in his 110th straight game.
Chilliwack: Luke Esposito. I may as well pick the player who is second in league scoring behind Puskarich. The Chiefs super rookie is a set up machine as he leads the league with 53 assists and comes into tonight’s contest riding a seven game point streak. In four games against Langley this year, he has three goals and five assists.
Two very valuable points are up for grabs tonight. Langley is still looking to lock up the fourth and final playoff spot and are five points up on Coquitlam. On the other hand, this game may make or break the Chiefs chances of catching the Surrey Eagles for first place. They enter tonight six points back and both of them have six games left.
Langley has yet to lose three games in a row in regulation at home, but Chilliwack can change that with a win tonight. I expect James Barr to go up against Mitch Gillam between the pipes.
It will be a 7:15 puck drop from the Langley Events Centre. The game can be seen live on http://www.fasthockey.com or free audio is available at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/langley-rivermen-hockey.