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Rivermen Have Sights Set on First Place, Look to Sweep Express

Township of Langley, BC (Saturday, January 3, 2015) – The Langley Rivermen (20-13-1-4 = 45) have a chance to do something they haven’t done all season, sit atop the Mainland Division. The team will look to do that as they finish off a home-and-home against the Coquitlam Express (14-18-1-4 = 33) tonight at 7:00PM at the Langley Events Centre (LEC).

Despite not playing in almost two weeks, the Rivermen showed no signs of rust last night as they dominated the Coquitlam Express 6-1 at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre. Erik Udahl was named first star thanks to a pair of goals while Gage Torrel and Evan Anderson picked up where they left off before the break as both forwards scored three points. Torrel notched his team leading seventeenth and eighteenth goals of the season and now sits in eighth in the BCHL with 46 points.

Justin Szeto opened up the scoring for Langley, getting his ninth goal of the season, firing one past Coquitlam goaltender Chris Tai. Torrel would score minutes after that to make it 2-0, which would wind up being the game winner. Corey Mackin scored the lone Express goal as he continues to lead the BCHL in scoring with 64 points (36g, 28a).

The defence played one of its best games of the season, holding a high powered Coquitlam offence to one goal while Rivermen net-minder Darren Martin stopped 31 shots to pick up his seventh win of the season. Defencemen Jordan Schneider and Will Campion had solid nights for Langley. Schneider had three helpers and Campion assisted once, returning to the lineup after missing most of December with an upper body injury.

Special teams also went in the favour of the Rivermen, who finished 2-for-3 on the man advantage and killed off all four penalties in the victory.

After last night’s win, Langley leads the season series 3-2 but has split the two meetings at the LEC against the Express, winning 6-1 in October and falling 4-2 in November.

After tonight, the two teams won’t meet again until late in the season when they play another home-and-home in mid-February. The Rivermen continue their busy stretch next weekend with a pivotal three games in three days, all against the Chilliwack Chiefs, beginning Friday night in Langley.

For details visit www.LangleyRivermen.com

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For More Information:

Kevin Berar, Langley Events Centre, 604.396.6633, [email protected]

Taylor Henderson, Langley Rivermen, 604.455.8892, [email protected]