Rivermen Visit Division Leading Spruce Kings for Back-to-Back Games

Riv_GAME-PREVIEW_RMsiteThe Langley Rivermen (2-3-0-1) will visit the Mainland Division leading Prince George Spruce Kings (5-1-0-1) on Thursday and Friday night at the Prince George Coliseum.

The Rivermen are coming off of a busy stretch including three games in three days last weekend. The team won one, lost one and lost another in overtime. Langley started off the weekend on a good note, defeating Coquitlam on Friday night, 5-4. On Saturday, the Rivermen played their home opener against the Nanaimo Clippers in front of 2,799 fans at the Langley Events Centre. The Rivermen lost an exciting game, 3-2 in double overtime. Langley seemed to feeling the effects of a long night as they came out flat in Surrey, losing to the Eagles 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.

“Our goal going into last weekend was three wins and we were in position for that but didn’t capitalize,” said Head Coach and GM Bobby Henderson.

“From an effort standpoint, we thought we deserved a little bit of a better outcome,” said Assistant Coach Kurt Astle. “We missed on a few chances and shot ourselves in the foot with some penalties and not finishing chances.”

The Rivermen sit in third place in the Mainland Division, tied with Coquitlam with five points. After this week, Langley will have played seven of their first eight games away from the Langley Events Centre, which is something Henderson doesn’t mind.

“If we can be competitive on the road and put ourselves in a position to be in the mix, then when crunch time comes and we have those home games, it puts us at an advantage,” he said.

The Spruce Kings couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season winning five of their first seven games, leading the division with 11 points. They have three of the top 10 scorers in the league including Justin Rai, who has 14 points, second most in the BCHL.

“They play a similar style to us,” said Henderson. “They like to press the envelope, they’re aggressive, they’ve got some good skill guys up front and some big bodies on defense, so it’ll be an entertaining matchup.”

Expect Rivermen goaltender Bo Didur to start both games with the recent injury to Darren Martin, who will miss the next few weeks with a lower body injury.

Game times for both nights in Prince George are at 7:00PM and can be seen on www.FastHockey.com and heard on Mixlr radio. The Rivermen’s next home game is Wednesday, October 15 when they host the Surrey Eagles.

For details visit www.LangleyRivermen.com

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