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First Of 2014: Rivermen Visit Prospera

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Chilliwack Chiefs (10-26-1-2, 5th in Mainland Division) VS Langley Rivermen (22-12-1-4, 1st in Mainland Division) (Friday, January 3rd, Prospera Centre –  6:30 pregame/7pm faceoff on 89.5 The Drive)

Of the 19 remaining regular season games for the Chilliwack Chiefs, 16 are against Mainland Division opponents. Those 16 divisional games include five more against Langley, with the first of those five going Friday at Prospera Centre. (7pm)

The Chiefs have won a season high three straight, while the Rivermen have dropped their last three, including their first two post Christmas games. Langley is 3-1 against Chilliwack this season, and still has a three point lead over Prince George for tops in the division. The Chiefs are in 5th, 10 points out of a playoff spot.

Offense has been key for the Chiefs during the streak, with 23 goals in those three victories, but they’ve also been better defensively. Particularly against Surrey last weekend. Spencer Tremblay was stellar in goal both nights. Tremblay is 0-1 against Langley this year, while Josh Halpenny is 1-2 with a shutout back in mid October.

Langley has held the Chiefs to eight goals in their four previous matchups head to head. Carter Cochrane, Zach Diamontoni, and Cooper Rush all lead the way with three points each in the season series. Austin Plevy has lit it up against Surrey this year (5G, 6A) in five games, but has been held to two points in four against Langley this year by contrast. Tanner Cochrane has a four game point streak intact since returning to the Chiefs lineup, and Mathieu Tibbet has found the net five times in his last three games.

Rivermen Captain Mitch McLain has two goals and four points in the season series, while Matt Ustaski (3/1/4) and Will Cook (2/3/5) have also been effective against the Chiefs.

Chilliwack’s powerplay is among the best in the game overall, but only 2/27 against Langley. The Rivermen have scored only twice with the man-advantage as well, but on 13 fewer attempts – They’re 2-14 in the season series.

Chilliwack has all the motivation in the world as they try to close in on the Eagles for that final playoff spot, while the Rivermen are trying to get back on track after a terrific start to the season in the first half.

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