The Langley Rivermen look to start putting together another win streak after a big 3-2 overtime win at home last night, now making their second trip of the season to Prospera Centre to face an upstart Chiefs squad coming off two straight wins.
Now at 15-9-1-2, the Rivermen have a chance to jump back into first place in the Mainland division if the Silverbacks also rebound with a win tonight over the leading Spruce Kings in Prince George. The 7-15-1-2 Chiefs have got to be feeling good about themselves after a big 6-3 win over the Warriors in West Kelowna last night, this after a 6-1 drubbing of the Express last Saturday as all of a sudden Chilliwack has 15 goals in their last three games.
The Rivermen power play has been heating up of late scoring three on the man advantage in the last two games including Gage Torrel’s overtime winner against the Apes. The Riv carry the league’s top penalty kill into tonight’s contest humming along at a nice 87% while the Chiefs power play now sits middle of the pack at 17.8%.
Talking about Torrel, the 19-year old has put up six points in his first four games with the Rivermen including a two-point effort in last night’s win.
It’s been almost a month since the last meeting between the Chiefs and Rivermen when Langley came away with a 4-3 win at Prospera. James Robinson earned the game’s first star with a huge third period goal while Matt Ustaski got the game winner in a contest that easily could have been a blowout in favour of the Riv who badly outchanced the Chiefs but ran into a good goaltending performance from Josh Halpenny.
The Riv and Chiefs have split the season series so far with each team winning in the other’s barn. Last year the Chiefs took the division series 5-3 while also holding the all-time series edge 7-4.
Shoot Away: The Chiefs faced an incredible 61 shots against the Warrios last night in West Kelowna and regardless if Spencer Tremblay gets a second consecutive start in net Chilliwack’s defence will be tired having spent so much time in their own end.
Keep Moving: The Rivermen have shown they not only have big forward bodies that out-muscle the opponent along the boards but also possess great speed that can lead to opposition penalties. On several occasions the last few games the Rivermen have had the opposition defence running around in their own end thanks to simply keeping up their speed.