The Rivermen are set to host the Powell River Kings on Friday and the Chilliwack Chiefs the following night at the George Preston Recreation Centre. They are coming off a weekend which saw them finish with a win and a loss at home.
In the first of the two games against black and orange clad teams, the Rivermen hosted the Trail Smoke Eaters for a defensive affair. Langley managed to limit Trail to 13 shots on net in a 3-1 victory. The Rivermen’s saw goals from Kalen Szeto, Trevor Ayre, and Mark Gallant. William Stromp came up with two assists. The Smoke Eaters saw their lone goal come off the stick of Bryce Anderson.
A capacity crowd filled George Preston Arena for the Teddy Bear Toss the next afternoon against Nanaimo. It was an early 5 on 3 for the Rivermen that brought the first opportunity to score the opening goal, and Garrett Daly capitalized on a one-timer to let the stuffed animals rain down. Captain Alec Capstick added onto the lead a few minutes later, but the Clippers then took over the game from there. Joshua Bourne ended up leading the way for the road team with two goals and two assists in a 6-3 Nanaimo win. Szeto scored the third goal for the Riv and added an assist, while CJ Walker finished with two assists.
The Kings and Chiefs are both teams near the top of their respective divisions and should prove to be great tests for Langley. Powell River (19-13-1-0) currently sit at second in the Island division behind the Victoria Grizzlies. Chilliwack (24-10-0-0) is also in 2nd in the Mainland Division behind Prince George. This will be the second meeting against the Kings for the Rivermen (16-16-1-0) who came away with a 3-1 win in Powell River on October 6.
Both games this weekend start at 7:15pm at the Lodge. Saturday night is Food Bank Night, supported by Langley Minor Hockey. All donations brought will be given to the Langley Food Bank.
Tickets for home games can be purchased at the George Preston Recreation Centre “The Lodge” box office 45 minutes before puck drop and by calling 604-229-2352 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.