Both teams are coming off wins one night ago. The Kings edged the Coquitlam Express 2-1 and the Chiefs slipped by the Nanaimo Clippers 3-2. Tonight's game is the first meeting between these two clubs since Langley's 3-2 OT win in Powell River on October 15th.
Record: 13-4-0-2 (T-1st)
Road Record: 10-2-0-1 (1st)
The Chiefs possess a three headed attack, Matt Ius (15-18-33), Josh Myers (14-16-30) and Brad McBride (13-13-26). Don't discount Trevor Gerling, Darnell Dyck and Brandon Thompson who sit third through fifth in team scoring. Langley can score and score a lot. The team has already tallied 86 times this season. However it wasn't any of those five that stick out in the minds of Kings Fans.
Kody Dhaliwal played the hero for Langley and the villain for Kings fans in the first encounter. The 19 year old scored 1:52 into overtime to save his team two points. If you remember, the Kings came back from a first period two goal deficit to force the extra frame.
One of the newest Chiefs, Kitt Sitterley has had strong debut for the black and gold. The Annapolis native has scored in three straight games after missing time due to injury.
The biggest story from that game was the goaltending of Wyatt Galley. The son of former NHL'er, Gary Galley, stopped 41 of 43 shots thrown at him by King shooters. It seemed like the Kings threw everything at him expect the kitchen sink.
Record: 13-4-1-1 (T-1st)
Home Record: 7-2-0-1 (3rd)
The Kings haven't forgotten the sting of the first meeting between these two teams. However the Kings will need to have a better start to revenge the first meeting of the season.
Spotting the high flying Chiefs an two zip lead just twelve minutes in, won't do you any favours. In fact, the win was Langley's first in Powell River in nine tries. The Kings will have to go back to what makes the most successful. Hard work.
It could be said Powell River was lured into Langley's back and forth style of play in the first meeting. What makes this team successful at home is their commitment to detail in their game The Kings play well when they keep the puck of their stick, and keep it away from Langley's sharp shooters.
Did you Know?
- With one assist Friday night, Andrew Pettitt is one assist shy of 100 career points.The record for points in a season belongs to Rob Gordon. In 93-94 Gordan had 158 points.
- Pettitt is also riding a five game point streak. Third best in the BCHL
- Cohen Adair had his game five game point streak snapped Friday in Coquitlam. Over that stretch Adair had 4 goals and 6 assists.
- Chad Niddery is finding the net with regularity. Niddery has recorded eleven points in his last four games.