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Rivermen taking to home ice

The Yukon Rivermen are returning home after a road trip that took them to Kelowna.

By John Tonin on November 1, 2018

The Yukon Rivermen are returning home after a road trip that took them to Kelowna.

The Rivermen are hosting their first of three home series in November, taking on the Prince George North Central Cougars, considered one of the best teams in the league, at Takhini Arena from November 2-4.

In their second season the team features nine players from the Yellowknife area and 11 players from across the Yukon.

“It really is a bantam allstar team of players from the area”, said head coach Carl Burgess.

In last year’s home opening series the Rivermen played in front of 200-300 people according to Burgess. The team plans on putting on a full show and hopes to see the stands in Takhini packed again.

While in Kelowna the Yukon Rivermen played four games. Their first set of games were played against the Kelowna Rockets.

“We lost both the games, but our team did great,” said Burgess. “They battled hard and they are only going to get better as the season goes on.”

After playing the Rockets the Rivermen took the ice against the East Kootenay Ice. The team’s faced-off in two games.

“We lost both of those games too, but they were close,” said Burgess. “Our team is a little bit younger than the other teams in the league because we brought a few kids up to bantam. This will make the younger guys better hockey players. But I am happy with the effort the team did great.”

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