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Short Trek To Langley: Chiefs @ Rivermen

Ben Butcher makes his return to Langley as the Chiefs face a stiff divisional test.

Ben Butcher makes his return to Langley as the Chiefs face a stiff divisional test.

Chilliwack Chiefs (1-7-1-1, 5th in Mainland Division) VS Langley Rivermen (9-3-0-1, 1st in Mainland Division)

(Wednesday October 16th, Langley Events Centre –  6:45 pregame/7:15 pm faceoff on 89.5 The Drive)

 It’s two teams going in two different directions tonight as the Chiefs, losers of six straight, take on the Langley Rivermen, winners of six straight games Wednesday. (Langley Events Centre, 7:15pm)

There’s a bitter taste in the mouths of the Chiefs players. They’re trying to erase Saturday’s bitter defeat to the Vernon Vipers, a game that saw them squander a 4-1 3rd period lead in the final six minutes, only to lose in overtime.

They’ll be in tough again tonight against the improved Rivermen. Bobby Henderson’s team boasts a balanced attack offensively. Mario Puskarich is no longer around to light the lamp, but forwards Mitch McLain and James Robinson remain. Robinson was an Edmonton Oilers draft pick last April. McLain leads the way for this team with 16 points, while fellow returnee Austin Azurdia is the team’s leading goal scorer, with 7 on the year.

Langley’s D has some veteran presence to it. RBC Cup champion Zach Urban was acquired from Salmon Arm last month to go along with Tanner Johnson and Viktor Dombrovsky. Incumbent goaltender James Barr is injured, but the recently acquired Steve Myland from West Kelowna has landed on his feet with the Rivermen.

As for the Chiefs, They played a fine game for 50 plus minutes on Saturday night, but a fragile group looked fragile as the game got away from them. Should the Chiefs play with a lead Wednesday, you can imagine they’ll be a calmer group – Saturday’s game was just the second time in ten games Chilliwack held a lead in the third period.

Kurt Black continues to lead the way for the Chiefs with 4 goals this season, and they’ve gotten a nice contribution from defenseman Carter Cochrane, with three goals of his own to this point, but the forwards need to be more consistent if they wish to find the back of the net a little more often. Ben Butcher makes his return to Langley tonight, and should be fired up to face his old teammates.

It’s another tough test on the road for this Chilliwack club. They’ll hit the road again this weekend with games on the Island against Cowichan and Victoria Saturday and Sunday.

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