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Weekend preview: Riv welcome Bulldogs on Saturday

After a tough 3-1 defeat to the Surrey Eagles on Tuesday night, the boys bounced back in a big way a night later with a 6-2 win in Coquitlam. A wild first period featured 6 goals scored in total between the teams. At one point, the Riv were down 2-0, but rattled off four straight, including three in less than three minutes. Rookie Max Kaufman had a career night with a goal and three assists, while Justin Fregona added a pair of goals to push his team lead to 11. With the victory, the Rivermen are now back into a first place tie with Wenatchee atop of the Mainland Division with a 9-5-0-0 record. With the squad now at the quarter point mark of the season, returning forward Zac Masson has liked what he has seen from the group.

“I think we have been doing really well so far.The team has gelled together quite nicely and we are pretty happy with where we are at 14 games in.There has been a few games this season we weren’t happy with, but overall it has been a good run.”

Saturday is the first meeting of the season between the Rivermen and Bulldogs. Alberni Valley sits fourth in the Island Division with a 4-7-0-1 record. After only picking up one win in nine September games, the month of October has been a lot better with three wins in six games. However, winning on the road continues to be difficult with just one victory in seven tries.The Bulldogs are in Wenatchee tonight to take on the Wild, before making their way to Langley.

“It is going to be a tough matchup against them. We haven’t seen them yet, but we are expecting a physical battle out there. We will have to play a full 60 minutes and limit mistakes if we want to come away with a win,” said Masson.

20 year-old forward Josh Adkins leads the team in scoring with 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists) in 12 games. Jordan Sandhu is second on the team in scoring and is a star in the making, as he leads all BCHL 16 year-olds in scoring with 9 points (2 goals, 7 assists).

Saturday is the Rivermen’s annual ‘Trick or Suite’ game. Kids in costume get in free and will have the opportunity to trick or treat on the Langley Events Centre’s suite level during intermissions. Game time is at 6:00pm.

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