The Langley Rivermen will look to bounce back after having their three-game winning streak snapped last night to the Chilliwack Chiefs. Despite the Riv outshooting the Chiefs 32-20, Chilliwack did not trail at all in a game they won 4-2 at Prospera Centre. Justin Fregona and Dominic Franco recorded the goals for the Riv, while Bo Didur was charged the loss in his first game since October 30th. With the win, Chilliwack jumped ahead of Langley in the standings for second place in the Mainland Division. The Riv are just a point back of the ‘Wack with a 12-7-0-0 record for 24 points, and are three behind first place Wenatchee. With a Rivermen win tonight, they can take back second spot in the division, as the Chiefs are idle.
The Silverbacks won last night in Surrey by a score of 3-2 and enter the LEC this evening as one of the top teams in the league. Through 19 games they are 12-4-2-1 and sit in second place in the Interior Division. They have the second best goal differential in the BCHL at +27 and have a goaltender in Angus Redmond (Langley native) who sits third in the league in wins with 9. The scoring has been pretty well spread out through their line-up. Four players have registered at least 20 points and have three skaters who have 10 goals or more. Nick Hutchison leads the team in scoring with 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists).
Tonight’s meeting will be the second of the season, as the Riv and ‘Backs met at the BCHL Showcase on September 24th, with Langley edging Salmon Arm 3-2.
“Tonight is going to be another dogfight. They went on a pretty nice roll there in October and are coming off a win last night. They have a few former Rivermen on their team (Mitch Newsome, Chase Zieky) that I am sure would love to make their mark against us as well,” said Rivermen Head Coach and General Manager Bobby Henderson.
Tonight is Five hole for food night. Fans who bring a non-perishable food item to the game will receive FREE entry.