The Rivermen kicked off the final month of the regular season with a win and a loss, keeping them well within range of third place in the division. On Friday night they will head just down the road to South Surrey to take on the Eagles. Langley will be back at home the following night to once again host the Prince George Spruce Kings.
In the final meeting of the season with the Coquitlam Express, defense reigned supreme as has been the case for most of the season. Recent Alaska-Fairbanks commit Jake Livingstone scored the only goal of the game for the boys in blue, but it was enough to hold off the Express who couldn’t muster up anything. Braedon Fleming was spectacular in net, stopping all 19 shots he faced for his 4th shutout of the year. Kolby Matthews saved 32 of the 33 shots he faced for Coquitlam.
The Monday night make-up game was not as kind to Langley who took on Prince George. Layton Ahac opened the scoring for the Spruce Kings. The Rivermen followed up with a goal from Bronson Sharp, his first in a Rivermen uniform. Prince George went on to score three unanswered goals from there, taking the game by a score of 4-1. Logan Neaton made 16 saves for the Spruce Kings.
As the weekend nears, the Riv (25-23-2-0) are looking to capitalize on their strong second half of the season and fight for the third position in the Mainland Division. They are currently only three points back of Coquitlam (25-22-2-3) for that spot and have two games in hand on the Express. The first opportunity comes against the last-place Eagles (10-36-2-2) on Friday, setting up a potential first-round matchup preview with the Spruce Kings (32-12-1-5) on Saturday.
Game time for Friday night’s tilt is 7:00pm at South Surrey Arena. Saturday night’s home matchup begins at 7:15pm at the Lodge.
Tickets for home games can be purchased 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.