The Rivermen are riding high into the Prospera Centre tonight after picking up a huge 10-4 win last night over the Surrey Eagles. The offense has come to life in a big way during this three game winning streak putting up a total of 21 goals and has recorded at least five goals in four of their last five contests. Winger Matthew Graham has been playing his best hockey in a Rivermen uniform, as he has recorded three points in each of his last three games and has pushed his season points total to 21 (10 goals, 11 assists) in 18 games. Along with his line-mates Justin Fregona and Matty Saharchuk, they have combined for a total of 19 points in the last three games. Saharchuk comes into tonight on a three game goal scoring streak.
The Chiefs are just as hot as the Rivermen, as they enter this evening winners of their last four games. In fact, they have won six of their last seven and finished the month of October with a 7-3-0-1 record. Tonight’s match-up is a big one with the Rivermen holding a one point advantage over the Chiefs for second place in the Mainland Division. This will be the fourth game in the season series between the two squads, with Langley holding a 2-1 win advantage thus far.
“They are an improved team that is for sure. They seem to get better every week and the series between us has been a good one so far. We got off to a good start against them picking up the first two wins, but they took the third game and I am sure they want to even up the series tonight. I think our guys are excited for the challenge and the fans will be in for a good game,” said Rivermen Head Coach and General Manager Bobby Henderson.
The Rivermen will have to keep a close eye on Vimal Sukumaran, who leads the Chiefs attack with 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists) in 18 games, which puts him first place in BCHL rookie scoring. Prospera Centre has been a tough place for the road team to pick up wins, as Chilliwack holds a 6-1-0-2 record in their home rink. The Riv were there last on October 3rd and picked up a 3-2 overtime win.
Game time is at 7:00pm and can be seen live on www.fasthockey.com.