The Rivermen’s five game home stand will come to a close tonight. Their only blemish during this extended period at home came last night in a 2-1 loss to the Merritt Centennials. It was not for a lack of effort though, as the boys put 45 shots towards Cole Kehler and were only able to beat him once, as he stole the ‘Cents two points.
The Riv still sit in third place with a 16-12-0-0 record for 32 points. Their opponent tonight in the West Kelowna Warriors are just two points ahead of them in the overall standings with a 16-9-0-2 record and like the Riv, are third in their respective division. The Warriors are finishing up a two-game Mainland road trip, as they knocked off the Surrey Eagles 6-4 last night. November has been average for the Warriors who come into this evening 5-4-0-0 this month. They are a very balanced squad as they boast three players who have 10 goals or more and average at least a point a game. Liam Blackburn leads the team in scoring with 11 goals and 24 assists for 35 points. In goal, they have a pair of goaltenders who have seen equal amount of action. Stephen Heslop and Keelan Williams have both appeared in eight games this season and have similar numbers. Heslop is 5-3-0 with a 2.89GAA and a .892 save percentage, while Williams is 4-4-0 with a 3.37 GAA to go along with a .888 save percentage.
Tonight will be the second of three meetings on the season between the Rivermen and Warriors. They last met at the BCHL Showcase on September 27 and it was West Kelowna coming away with a 4-1 win.
“I was impressed with what I saw from them at the Showcase. They have solid depth on their roster and in my opinion are as good as any team in this league and will pose a good challenge for us tonight,” said Rivermen Head Coach and General Manager Bobby Henderson.
Game time is at 6:00pm at the Langley Events Centre. The Rivermen encourage fans to support the Pajama Drive Christmas fundraiser. Bring new pajamas, boys and girls sizes 2-16. PJ’s for teens is also welcome. All Pajamas will be donated to the Langley Christmas Bureau.