On Wednesday night the Wenatchee Wild brought their 7 game win streak into the Lodge at the George Preston Recreation Centre in hopes of taking it to the red hot Langley Rivermen.
Langley would open the scoring when Gavin Payne would keep his torrid pace going but Wenatchee top gun Charlie Combs would erase that with a power play goal tying things up at 1-1 after the opening 20 minutes. This would be the closest that the Wild would get to the Rivermen.
From the 2nd period on, Langley would tally 6 more times en route to a decisive 7-1 victory over the league leading Wild. Gavin Payne added another goal as well as Ryan Barrow who added 2 of his own. Max Kaufman, Andrew Dumaresque and Nic Ponak rounded of the other Rivermen goals.
It was a quick turnaround for Langley when they made the short trip out to the South Surrey Arena for a date with the Surrey Eagles.
A very sluggish start for the hometown Eagles paved the way for the Rivermen to score early as Max Kaufman found the back of the net and then a 1:50 later Kaufman again would make it 2-0. Surrey would get on the board late in the period making things interesting at 2-1 after the first period. Again, just like the previous night, this would be as close as the Eagles would get. Langley scored 4 more times handing Surrey a 6-1 defeat.
The Rivermen went into Saturdays game against the Coquitlam Express riding a 7 game win streak and outscoring their opposition by a margin of 30-8 in their last 5 games. The team was also in search of securing a playoff birth with a victory over the Express.
Max Kaufman would open the scoring again in this contest. The Rivermen would take a 2-0 lead before the Express would get back within 1 late in the 1st period but once again that would be the closest Coquitlam would get in the game.
Langley would add 3 more and pick up their 8th straight victory and securing a post season birth in the Mainland Division. Kaufman had a 2 goal performance for the 2nd game in a row and Brendan Budy, Mckay Flanagan and Ryan Barrow would round off the scoring for the Rivermen.
All in all the month of January was near perfect as the Rivermen posted a 9-1-0 record and are now one of the hottest teams in the BCHL.
Langley will host the Prince George Spruce Kings on Friday Feb. 3, 2017 at 7:15PM and then the Salmon Arm Silverbacks come to town for a 6PM faceoff at the Lodge.
As for now, you’re up to date. See you at the rink.