The Riv are about to embark on the unofficial second half of the BCHL season with a pair of key division games this weekend against the Coquitlam Express.
After a nice 10-day break, the boys were back on the ice last night and again today as they re-group for the stretch run of the regular season. I call it the unofficial second half of course as the Riv have played more than half their games, but the hope is they are yet to hit the halfway overall mark with an aim for a long playoff run.
Veteran experience and leadership are obvious keys to any team’s success, especially in the playoffs, and one of the newest Rivermen can help in that department. After starting the year with the Chilliwack Chiefs, the Riv acquired Lyndon Stanwood in early December. With 89 games of BCHL experience, the 20-year old goaltender has the chance to experience a deep run for the first time in his career with a strong team in front of him. The Vancouver native spent his first two full BCHL seasons backstopping the Trail Smoke Eaters and fittingly got his first win with the Rivermen against his former team at Cominco earlier this month.
Stanwood is happy to be back in the BCHL and playing so close to home along with the chance to finish his junior career in a special way. His positive attitude and confidence have also made for an easy transition to Riv Nation.