Rivermen Ready for Home Opener Presented by Global BC

Three weeks into the season and the Langley Rivermen finally get set to play their home opener, presented by Global BC, tonight at the Langley Events Centre at 7:00PM against the Nanaimo Clippers.

Langley comes into the game winning two straight after a 5-4 victory in Coquitlam on Friday night. Gage Torrel scored twice and added an assist to help even the Rivermen’s record to two wins and two losses.

The Rivermen have a tough stretch, playing three games in three days and five games in seven days.

“You want to put yourself in position to march up the standings,” said Head Coach and General Manager Bobby Henderson. “If we can get on a bit of roll early, it’ll help. We’re going to have to be good to collect points but we’re definitely in the mindset that we want to win all three this weekend.”

“We lose one game and you never know, it could hurt us in the end so getting points whenever we can is the goal,” said Torrel. “We want six points this weekend.”

Langley is the last team in the BCHL to have their home opener, which is something the team has been looking forward to.

“It’s going to be fun to see the home crowd and hear the fans on our side for the first time,” said Jordan Schneider. “I’m excited and I know the guys in the locker room are too.”

“You only get one chance to make a first impression,” said Henderson. “With the facility here, this will be the first chance for a lot of the guys to play in a building like this. It’s always special when you play in front your fans for the first time. These guys will be fired up and it’ll be a matter of managing their emotions.”

Nanaimo comes into Saturday’s game in first place in the Island Division. After losing their first two games of the showcase, they’ve won the last three, including a 3-1 victory over Surrey on Friday night.

“This will be a real good test for us,” said Henderson. “Nanaimo’s a great team to play against, especially when they’re on the road. They’re one of those teams that thrive on collecting points outside of the division.”

For tonight’s home opener, the first 1,500 fans receive a Rivermen Foam Finger, presented by Global BC. Fans will also receive 2-for-1 entry when they bring a food or cash donation to the Global Food Bank.

During the first intermission, two lucky fans will have the chance to participate in the Dash for Cash, presented by Envision Financial. Contestants will have 60 seconds to collect as many loonies from the ice as possible. The contest will also feature Global BC’s Kaitlyn Herbst and Sonia Beeksma, who will donate all money they secure from the ice to Global BC’s Thanks for Giving Food Drive. All proceeds collected by Kaitlyn and Sonia will be matched by First West Financial.

Doors will open at 5:30PM as the LEC will also feature a carnival themed area in the banquet hall, where there will be face-painting, balloon animals and delicious food. There will be plenty of prizes given away all night.

After the game, fans will have the opportunity to get autographs from the entire Rivermen team at the top of Gate 2.

For details visit www.LangleyRivermen.com

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