The scenario is simple for the Rivermen tonight: Win or go home. Coming off a 5-0 loss in game four to Wenatchee, the Riv will need to play their best game of the series if they want to force a game six in Wenatchee on Sunday. Standing in their way is a hot goaltender in Chase Perry, who stole the show with a 29 save shutout performance on Wednesday. Despite being one game away from elimination, Rivermen forward Max Kaufman says the team isn’t feeling nervous going into tonight.
“We are a pretty loose group and feel confident going into tonight’s game. Our coaches want us to be loose, have fun, and play the game we know we can. We may be down in the series, but there is no quit in our locker room and we have a good feeling about tonight,” said Kaufman.
After not capitalizing on a plethora of scoring opportunities in game four, Kaufman is confident if they stick to the game plan, pucks will go into the net again.
“We have to pepper Perry early and keep him on his toes. I think it is important to get one by him early and swing momentum in our favour. It’s critical to capitalize on our scoring opportunities or else he will gain confidence from that and will be tough to score on like we saw last game,” continued Kaufman.
As for the series as a whole, it has been a close one to say the least, with three out of the four games having been decided by only one goal, and two needing overtime.
“It has been a war that’s for sure. Personally, it has been one of the more physically demanding couple of weeks that I have been through, but it has been really exciting and hopefully we can take this series back to Wenatchee,” finished Kaufman.
Game time is set for 7:00pm at George Preston Recreation Centre. To purchase tickets online Click Here or visit the Langley Events Centre box office, which will be open all day. The George Preston box office opens at 6:00pm.