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Riv Look to Extend Lead Atop Division

The Langley Rivermen look to extend their lead this weekend when they take on the Prince George Spruce Kings. Currently the Rivermen have a 1 point lead over the Spruce Kings with the Spruce Kings having a game in hand. The Riv head up north to take on the Kings in a 2 game back to back series this weekend looking to end off 2017 on a high note.

A big boost for the Rivermen this weekend will see Brendan Budy and Angus Crookshank return to the lineup after capturing Gold with Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge.

They were definitely missed both on and off the ice, they embrace our culture and both are prominent leaders in the dressing room, other guys certainly stepped up in their absence and were hoping they can continue that against a good Prince George team.

said AC Chris Shaw.

Also returning to the lineup after being sidelined with an Upper Body injury is Alec Capstick. Capstick, in his second season with the Riv after not playing last year will look to pick right up where he left off before sustaining his injury.

Last meeting between the two clubs saw the Spruce Kings take both games in extra time. Since those OT loses the Riv have won 3 and tied 1 in the extra frame’s they’ve played. The good news will be spread for both teams as PG also gets back two players Kyle Johnson and Ethan De Jong. De Jong and Crookshank were line mates on arguably Canada’s top line at the WJAC just a few weeks back.

It’ll be a little weird but nothing that hasn’t happened before. We played at the BWC Academy together, we’ve played games against each other already and we are good friends, but once the puck drops its all business and I know ( De Jong) knows that too. Just a few weeks ago we all celebrated our biggest hockey accomplishments to take representing our country and winning the ultimate prize, but my focus is on the Rivermen with my teammates and working towards the goal we set out when this season started. ┬ásaid Crookshank.


Both games will take place at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena in Prince George and can be seen live on Hockey TV. 7pm puck drop Friday and Saturday night