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Rivermen weekend preview: Last island trip

A busy road schedule in the month of January continues this weekend with one last trip to the island. The Rivermen play their only game in Cowichan Valley tonight at the Island Savings Centre at 7:00pm, and finish the trip tomorrow afternoon in Victoria at 2:00pm.

The Riv enter this evening coming off a 7-2 loss to the hands of the Chilliwack Chiefs on Wednesday night and overall, boast a 22-15-0-1 record for 45 points. Wenatchee has a six point advantage in second place, while the Chiefs are in first with 55 points.

Matthew Graham continues to lead the team in scoring with 44 points in 38 games. Max Kaufman and Justin Fregona trail just behind him at 39 and 37 points respectively. Those three will be heavily leaned on this weekend in hopes of making it a 2-1 week.

The Riv and Capitals met once this year back on October 4th at the LEC in a game the Rivermen won 4-2. The Capitals and Rivermen are in a dead heat in the standings, as Cowichan Valley has the same amount of points with 45. Much like the Rivermen, the ‘Caps scoring  has been spread-out through the line-up this season with eight players on the roster having at least 10 goals on the year. 19 year-old Kade Kehoe leads the way with 39 points in 38 games.

 

Sunday, January 10 @ Victoria Grizzlies- 2:00pm

After a slow start out of the gates, the Grizzlies have been playing better since the start of December. They have an equal amount of wins since December 5th at 4-4 and are coming off a 5-3 win on Thursday night against Powell River. As of right now, they sit fourth in the Island Division with a 15-20-4-0 record for 34 points. That is a record they will gladly take at this point, considering they started they year 1-10-0-0. 20 year-old Brayden Gelsinger has been enjoying a fantastic year with 46 points in 39 games for the ‘Grizz.

This will be the first of two games on the season between these two squads. The Rivermen will host the Grizzlies for their last home game of the regular season on February 21.

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