After a tough Island Trip, and a tie to the Coquitlam Express, the Rivermen look to bounce back on home ice where they begin a 4 game home stand. To boot, the Riv will play the next 9 out of 10 games against Division opponents. With just a 3 point lead over Prince George, 4 points over Surrey, these next 2 are going to be earned and not given.
A streaking Surrey Eagles team comes into The Lodge Friday night coming off of 2 road wins. The Riv had some success against the club in their last meeting winning both games in a home and home series, but know not to expect that kind of success to come easy.
The Coquitlam Express make their second last visit to The Lodge Saturday where they will look to carry momentum after a huge road win in Vernon Wednesday night in overtime. In their last meeting the two sides ended in a dead bolted 3-3 tie.
Riv will have newly signed defensemen Jordan Dawson in the lineup this weekend making his debut with the Rivermen. Dawson, the Delta BC native has played the last 3 seasons in the WHL with the Edmonton Oil Kings.
“I have played against Berry, and Stephenson before, they’re fierce competitors and I can’t wait to get on the ice with them. Langley was an easy decision for me, seeing the early success they’ve had so far, its something I want to be apart of, its something I want to add to. I know I can be as effective off ice as on ice, being a leader is something I take pride in.” Said Dawson.
The Riv kick off their home stand Frida Dec 8 against the Eagles at The Lodge.