The New Year started off so well for the Langley Rivermen. They began with a 7-1 thumping on the Prince George Spruce Kings on January 3rd, but that has been the only win since the calendar year switched to 2016. Last week was one to forget for the Riv, as they suffered three straight road losses to Chilliwack, Cowichan Valley, and Victoria, which left them searching for answers.
“I think this last week we got to frustrated and hard on ourselves, which is never a good thing. We know we are a better team than what we showed last week and I expect us to bounce the next time we step out on the ice,” said Rivermen goaltender Nick Trenciansky.
The Rivermen this season have shown they can skate with the best teams in the league on any given night. They have had some impressive wins this season, such as ending the Penticton Vees 23 game winning streak, but other games (like last week), have not gone according to plan.
“We have beaten real good teams like the Vees and Silverbacks who are at the top of the standings, but then on some nights, we don’t show up like on Sunday in Victoria. It can be a bit frustrating, however, it’s important we all remain positive and stay on the same page because we know who we really are. One bad weekend will not define us,” said second year forward Justin Szeto.
For most players in the CJHL, the January 10 trade deadline is always in the back of their minds. No one wants to see a good friend/teammate get traded, but at the same time, it is important to stay focused on the task at hand.
“I think some guys were thinking about it, but we cant’t control that kind of thing or use it as an excuse as to how we have been playing. With that said, the deadline has come and gone and it was nice to see we didn’t move anybody. This is the team we will have going forward and I think it goes to show the confidence the coaches have in us the rest of the way,” continued Trenciansky.
What the Rivermen have now has been a group that Coach Henderson, Astle, and Fyffe have had a lot of faith in. After making various moves in the first three months of the season, the team has not made a transaction since trading Austin Cho to the OJHL on November 20.
“We have a tight knit group in the dressing room and we believe in each other. I didn’t feel any changes were necessary and the coaches must of felt the same way. This is just a bump in the road and is better to get it out of the way now instead of playoff time,” finished Szeto.
The Rivermen have two games this weekend. They will be in Coquitlam on Friday, January 15 at 7:00pm and the following night, welcome the Nanaimo Clippers to the LEC for the first and only time this season at 6:00pm.