Wednesday night marked the 3rd meeting of the season between the Chilliwack Chiefs and the Langley Rivermen and both teams came into the contest with a win each in the previous 2 games.
A slow start for the Rivermen and a small lack of communication would cost Langley the win as the Chiefs handed a 7-3 loss to the Rivermen.
Max Kaufman, Andrew Dumeresque and Cam Ginnetti each had a multi point game in the loss. Kaufman had 2 assist. Dumeresque notched a goal and an assist and Ginnetti also had a goal and an assist against the Chiefs.
Friday night was the first real long distant trip of the season for the Riv as they went south of the border to take on the Wenatchee Wild at the Toyota Town Centre.
Wenatchee was hosting their Home Opener and had quite the jump out of the gate as they fired 3 shots and were rewarded with 3 goals before the first period was even halfway through.
The positive for Rivermen fans is that the team really showed some resiliency and were able to battle back at one point in the game to tie things up at 4-4. Unfortunately for Langley, the wild would answer just seconds after the tying goal from Kaufman and take the lead, this time for good on route to a 7-5 victory for Wenatchee.
The busy week concluded for the Rivermen when they finally returned home to “The Lodge” at the GPRC to host the Cowichan Valley Capitals.
The Caps came into the game playing their 3rd game in as many days and Langley was looking to try and take advantage of a tired Cowichan Squad.
Penalty trouble would be the major difference maker in this matchup as the Capitals would go a stunning 4 for 6 on the Power Play and add a Penalty Shot goal handing the Rivermen a 5-3 loss in front of the hometown Langley fans.
There were a lot of positives to take out of the last 2 games this week but one strength the Rivermen had was that they were more prevalent driving to the net and creating scoring chances. This is something that will have to continue moving forward and you can tell the message is getting received from the Langley coaching staff.
It will be a very busy week ahead when the Rivermen will play 3 games in 3 days beginning Friday night in Coquitlam against the Express followed by the back end of the Home and Home at “The Lodge” Saturday night and then concluding on Sunday Afternoon with a tilt with the Trail Smoke Eaters.
Saturday’s game is a 6PM start and Sundays game is a 2 PM puck drop and you can get your tickets ahead of time by ordering online and beating the line at tickets.langleyrivermen.com.
As for now, you’re up to date. See you at the rink.