The Rivermen open their showcase weekend against the Merritt Centennials on Thurseday September 21 at 1pm and then again on Sunday September 24 at 10am against the Wenatchee Wild. Both games will be played at the Prospera Centre in Chilliwack
Last season, saw the Rivermen victorious in both meetings between the two teams with scores of 2-1 at the Lodge and 5-4, a come from behind win in Merritt.
Wenatchee took the season series 6-1 winning the first two games before falling to the Riv 7-1 at the Lodge, but eventually would lose the next 4 to the eventual top recorded team in the BCHL posting a 45 win season with 9 loses and 4 overtime loses.
“Both teams are skilled and we don’t pay too much attention to records from last year. Both teams have more new faces then returning ones so its going to be a challenge. Its a tough league and no team is guaranteed anything its to be earned night in and night out. Thats my big take away from last season.” said Angus Crookshank. Crookshank, sidelined from the Bauer BCHL Showcase for the second straight year with an upper body injury won’t be participating this weekend. “its not ideal, I’m not hap
py about it but its hockey these things happen, the teams been great I’m just trying to be there for them when I can and be a good teammate. Im excited to get back into game action soon.”
Alec Capstick, returning to the Rivermen lineup this season has gotten off to a strong start. “The Showcase is great, its a great atmosphere and theres a lot of important people watching us play. As a returning guy I think the message we can reiterate to everyone is that we cant lose sight on what we came here for. This isn’t an exhibition game, we’re playing for 2 points and thats our goal. Playing as a team and within a 5 man unit on the ice is going to not only get us the 2 points but hopefully catch the eye of some of the scouts because at the end of the day thats where we want our next step to be.”
Come Support your Rivermen this weekend in Chilliwack, 1pm Thursday vs. Merritt and 10am Sunday against the Wenatchee Wild. Our next home game is Tuesday September 26 at 7pm at the Lodge as we take on the West Kelowna Warriors.