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Rivermen gameday: Express @ Rivermen

This afternoon marks the sixth game of the season series between the Rivermen and Express. The Riv lead the series 4-1 and have out scored Coquitlam 27-17. In fact, Langley has scored at least five goals in every match-up thus far.

These two teams met nine days ago in Coquitlam and was a game the Rivermen came back in the third period and won 5-3. Torrin White led the charge with two goals in the final frame, while Bo Didur picked up the win in goal.

Entering today, the Rivermen are third in the Mainland Division with a 25-17-1-1 record for 52 points and trail second place Wenatchee by just one point. The Express are 19-20-4-1 for 43 points and sit fourth in the division.

The Rivermen are coming off back to back wins against Prince George earlier in the week. On Thursday they went up to PG and edged the Spruce Kings 5-4 in double OT and a night later scored three third period goals to earn a 5-2 victory. It was a memorable couple of days for three Riv rookies in Angus Crookshank (affiliate player & 2016-17 commit), Alec Capstick, and Donovan Shambeau, who all scored their first career BCHL goals. The goal scoring was spread throughout the line-up for the ‘Men, as all 10 goals came from different players. The Express played host to Wenatchee on Friday night and beat the Wild 2-1.

“The Express are fast and skilled team. We went into their arena not too long ago and pulled out a big win and they will be looking to do the same today. It’s been an intense season series so far between us and we will need to get our legs going early after coming off that PG trip,” said Rivermen forward Justin Fregona.

The Rivermen will need to keep a close eye on a trio of Express forwards. Colton Kerfoot, Jackson Cressey, and Austin Mcilmurray are all over the 50 points plateau on the season. Kerfoot leads the team in scoring with 61 points in 44 games and is tied for sixth in BCHL scoring. Matthew Graham continued to lead the Rivermen in points with 46 in 43 games.