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Chiefs Welcome Surrey For Home Opener

Mitch Gillam and the Chiefs clash with Trevor Cameron and the Surrey Eagles Saturday night at Prospera Centre. Photo Credit: Garrett James

Chilliwack Chiefs (1-1-0-1) Vs. Surrey Eagles (2-1-0-0)

Prospera Centre – 6:30 pregame show/7pm faceoff on 89.5 The Hawk)

Now that the Chiefs have Prospera Centre back to themselves, and the Showcase has come and gone, the “Real” season can begin, as tonight marks the home opener against the Surrey Eagles.

If Friday night in Surrey was any indication, these two teams should put on another quality show. It was a tough one for the Chiefs to swallow at the South Surrey Arena, seeing a (dreaded) two goal lead evaporate in a 3-2 double OT defeat.

THINGS I’M KEEPING IN MIND:

The special teams battle: Surrey got back into Friday night’s contest on the strength of two powerplay goals. Far more importantly however, the Chiefs put up the ol’ 0-fer on the man-advantage, failing to capitalize on five opportunities. Chilliwack also went to the box seven times for the third straight game Friday night.

– Chilliwack’s lineup should be about the same from Friday. The only question mark is forward Trevor Hills, who hurt his neck in the first period after taking a hard hit into the boards. While he left the ice under his own power, he did not return. That leaves the coaching staff with two options if Hills is unfit to play: dressing seven defensemen, with Eric Roberts the extra blueliner in, or have Chilliwack’s Devon Allenby, who’s currently on the team’s reserve roster. That will be a decision made close to the warmup tonight.

– Luke Esposito was buzzing in the offensive end of the rink last night, and is due for his first BCHL goal. Surrey ‘keeper Glenn Ferguson made a pair of nice stops on Espo in Friday’s game. Meanwhile, the line of Esposito, Austin Plevy, and Josh Hansen was effective in both PP and 5 on 5 situations last night. Hansen had one goal playing with those two, and could have had two more on setups from Plevy on the powerplay if not for Ferguson.

– NOTE: Former Canuck player/coach/GM Pat Quinn will be on hand to drop the first puck, and sign autographs in the Prospera Centre concourse before the game. The first 1,000 fans through the door will recieve Chiefs schedule fridge magnets.

Special Teams:

Chilliwack – Powerplay – 16.67 %/Penalty Kill – 90.48%

Surrey – Powerplay – 23.81% / Penalty Kill – 93.75%

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