It’s been an excellent start to the New Year for the Langley Rivermen who now boast a 5-0 record in 2014, outscoring the opposition by a combined 25-8 margin, a good enough recent run to get an Honourable Mention in this week’s CJHL top 20 ranking.
Another Honourable Mention was handed out today, this one by the BCHL to Rivermen Forward Jakob Reichert who has had a nice start to 2014 himself. The 20-year old from Langley has seven points in his last five games and scored twice Friday night in a 5-0 win over Chilliwack, including a gorgeous power drive to the net on the power play in the second period.
With 14 games still to go in the regular season, Reichert has already set new career highs in goals (16) and points (33) and is nearing a point per game pace. The veteran of 186 BCHL games has been a force for the Riv this year with solid play in the defensive zone and laying out some punishing hits, while dropping the mitts a couple times when required. Combining size and skill, Reichert turns heads on opposing teams as defenders often have a hard time figuring out how to deal with his intimidating presence. His second period goal Friday against Chilliwack is a perfect example of that.
Now in his final year of junior hockey, Reichert, along with the other veterans on the Rivermen, is looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead and the opportunity for a long playoff run.