“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”- Michael Jordan
That quote is from a guy who has won a championship or six in his day and that has got to be the Rivermen’s mindset if they want to keep playing Hockey. They saw last night why the Eagles were the top team in the BCHL and we saw the damage they can do when you are not on the top of your game(3rd period). We knew at one point that one of these dangerous offensive teams were due to breakout and last night it happened to be the Eagles.
Last night we saw some things we have not seen from the Rivermen in the first two games of the series. There were some uncharacteristic turnovers that led to chances/goals, more penalties than usual(which the Eagles capitalized on twice), and the third period effort just was not there and the ‘Birds took full advantage scoring four straight goals. I am not quite sure if it was the nerves playing at home in front of a record crowd or what have you, but tonight has to be a complete 60 minute effort and with what is on the line tonight, I am confident we will see that.
Although Barr let in six goals last night, he is a goaltender that does not get hung up on a tough loss and has shown in the past that he can bounce back a night later. He did make some key saves in the first 40 minutes of last night’s contest and you just know that he is going to come out tonight with fire in his eyes and give his team all he has got in hopes of evening up the series.
Langley- Record: 1-2…..PP: 2/8…..PK: 8/11…..Shots for: 97…..Shots against: 105…..PIM: 90
Surrey- Record: 2-1…..PP: 3/11…..PK: 6/8…..Shots for: 105…..Shots against: 97…..PIM: 64
WHO TO WATCH FOR:
Langley- Mario Puskarich. He does not want this to be his last BCHL game tonight. He is still looking for his first career BCHL playoff goal and you would have to think it is only a matter of time as he does not go four games without a goal very often. He is still making plays and is getting chances, but right now his future teammate at Vermont (Michael Santaguida) has the upper hand. He has been leading by example all year and is the interim captain for a reason.
Surrey- Adam Tambellini. He was very dangerous last night and has been all series. He showed the quick release he has on both of his markers last night (especially the second goal) and has the ability to take over the game with his high-end skill and Hockey IQ. There were a lot of NHL scouts in the building and he only helped his draft stock with his performance yesterday.
The Rivermen will have to lay it all on the line tonight if they want to extend the series to a fifth and final game. They have been a group that has overcome a lot of adversity this season, but none bigger than what they are about to face tonight.
It will be a 7:15 PM face off from the Langley Events Centre and can be seen live on http://www.fasthockey.com or on http://www.ustream.tv/channel/langley-rivermen-hockey.