The Rivermen headed into the 2019 BCHL Showcase Festival with a tough task ahead but managed to pull away with victories over the Island Division’s top two teams. Langley has now won three out of their last four games and seem to be picking up steam as the season continues to roll on. Returning home for the next game, the Rivermen will host the rival Chilliwack Chiefs on Sunday afternoon.
Following a split in a home and home with the Surrey Eagles over the weekend, Langley marched into Chilliwack for the annual showcase event beginning with a matchup against the Cowichan Valley Capitals. As was the theme for both games, it was all Rivermen as the boys muscled out a 4-2 win over the Island Division leaders. Contributing goals were Will Dow-Kenny, Devin Leduc, Riley Wallack, and Jake Livingstone. Kalen Szeto and Kaeden Patrick each added two assists of their own. Goaltender Braedon Fleming stopped 34 of 36 shots on net. Matthew Crasa scored both goals for the Capitals.
Looking to finish off a perfect showcase, the Rivermen went out and dominated the Powell River Kings, winning by a score of 7-1. It was a big morning for Brendan Budy, who notched a goal and four assists for five points. Other scorers included Livingstone, Leduc, Tanner Versluis, Jonathan Stein, Ryan Helliwell, and Joseph Musa. Fleming once again stood on his head, stopping 19 of 20 shots he faced. Ethan Schmunk potted the lone Kings goal.
Back at home to host the Chiefs on Sunday, the Rivermen invite everyone out for the afternoon matinee which will be followed by a post-game skate with the players. Game time is 2:30 pm at George Preston Arena.
Tickets for home games can be purchased online at HappsNow.com, 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.