Rivermen finally bumped the slump, in overtime that is. Prior to Saturday nights tilt against the Prince George Spruce Kings, the Rivermen were 0-6 in overtime games before a play on the wall that saw Carter Stephenson win a 50/50 race to the puck to send Brendan Budy and Angus Crookshank on a 2 on 1 where Budy fed Crookshank back door to win the game. Now, its not all bad, those 6 games could have been regulation loss’ and the Rivermen would be short 6 points, and probably some good early season reasons.
“We have a young team and were learning fast, were being put into situations we haven’t been in before and its good for us, being in overtime games means were getting points and were in on games, some of those we’ve given up leads, more than we’d like to probably but its going to pay off in the long run.”
Said Colten Kovich, the first year Rivermen defensemen is finding his stride slowly seeing his role increase.
“Its nice to see the staff showing some confidence in me, I understand its a process and came into it with no expectations, I’ve always been taught to go out and earn what is mine and this is no different, we have a strong competitive lineup and its still a young season.”
The Riv head up to the interior to face West Kelowna Tuesday night and then Penticton on Wednesday.
West Kelowna came into the lodge two weeks ago and were handed a 5-2 loss by the Rivermen but the team knows not to assume the same result.
Penticton, took the season series 3-0 last year winning 6-4, 3-1, and 5-4.
River men are looking to take some veteran leadership into two tough buildings in the next two nights, with some added momentum from conquering an early overtime demon on Saturday against the Spruce Kings.
Join us Sunday at 2pm at the Lodge as we take on the Cowichan Valley Capitals and stick around after for our skate with the fans.