The Rivermen will look to get back on track this week after a pair of losses on October 26th and 27th in what were two very tightly contested games against division rivals. With 3 games in the upcoming days, they have a chance to regain some ground in the division.
Friday the 26th saw the second half of a home-and-home with the Surrey Eagles which proved to be two very physical contests. With the Rivermen winning the first game in Surrey on Wednesday, the Eagles responded and handed Langley a 4-2 loss. Surrey captain Ty Westgard, the league leader in points, netted a hat trick to lead the way for the winning side. Eagles goalie Kyle Dumba made 34 saves. The Riv saw goals from Trevor Ayre and Kalen Szeto.
The next night pitted them against the Chilliwack Chiefs, who stopped what was almost a remarkable comeback in a 5-4 Langley loss. Kevin Wall scored twice for the Chiefs with Matt Holmes and Brett Willits each getting 2 assists. Ayre led the almost comeback with 2 goals in the final 5 minutes of the game, but Chilliwack managed to keep the puck out of the net a final time in the dying minutes to seal the victory. Keyvan Mokhtari and Ethan Leyh also added a goal and an assist each in the game.
Leyh currently leads the team with 9 assists and 15 points, followed by Ayre and Szeto with 10 points each.
The Riv will be on the road on Halloween Wednesday in a noon clash with the Coquitlam Express at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre before returning home for two weekend games against the Chilliwack Chiefs and Vernon Vipers at the Lodge. Coquitlam (13-5-1-0) and Chilliwack (15-6-0-0) sit second and first in the division respectively. Vernon (7-5-4-1) is in sixth in the Interior Division currently.
Game times for both Friday, November 2nd against Chilliwack and Saturday, November 3rd against Vernon are slated for 7:15pm.
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.