Friday night wrapped up the 3 games in 3 nights of preseason exhibition action for the Langley Rivermen and they have had a great showing winning 2 and a tie against Mainland opponents, the Coquitlam Express and the Chilliwack Chiefs.
It all started on Wednesday night at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex as the Express hosted the Rivermen which would be the first real look for the brass from both hockey clubs to see their prospects in game action.
Langley tallied 5 goals en route to a 5-2 victory over Coquitlam in game 1 of the Home and Home and were led by the Rivermen’s Angus Crookshank who posted a goal and added an assist in the win.
The following night it was Langley’s turn to host the Express and the Rivermen would dress a few more regulars that you can expect to see come opening night.
Max Kaufman had a solid night up front for the Riv as he tallied a goal and an assist and led his team to a 5-2 victory for the second straight preseason game.
To wrap up the week, the Langley Rivermen would face the Chilliwack Chiefs at the Sportsplex in Langley on Friday night.
The Rivermen would find themselves down by a pair of goals after the 1st period with the score being 2-0 in the visitors favour. The 2nd period would really open up offensively when the Rivermen battled back to tie things up at 2-2 but the Chiefs weren’t done scoring in the middle frame. Chilliwack would take a 3-2 lead into the final frame of regulation.
Langley would come out of the gate in the 3rd looking to make a statement and try not to be outdone by their Mainland counterparts, the Chiefs. The Rivermen were able to tally 2 quick goals late in the period and had the lead for the first time in the game. Chilliwack, was able to get the equalizer with under a minute to play when the Chiefs, Anthony Vincent, recorded the hat trick and this game would end in a 4-4 tie.
The Rivermen still have 3 games remaining prior to the 2016/17 BCHL Season beginning. Wednesday August 31 in Chilliwack, September 2nd at the GPRC (“Lodge”) vs. Trinity Western University. Game Time 7PM. Then the final warm up game against the Surrey eagles at the South Surrey Arena on September 3rd.
It will be a busy week for the Rivermen so stay tuned to the Rivermen Facebook Page or follow on Twitter @langleyrivermen and @rivbcast.
As for now, you’re up to date. See you at the rink.