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Four Goal 2nd Period Boosts Chiefs

Chilliwack’s Mitch Skapski fends off Surrey Eagles’ Austin Bietenback during the Chiefs 4-2 victory at Prospera Centre. Photo Credit: Garrett James

The Chiefs earned their second victory of the season on Saturday night at Prospera Centre, 4-2 over the Surrey Eagles. Jacob Bestebroer broke things down on the team’s website from a play by play standpoint. You can read that here.

As far as what I saw….

I’d discuss the first period of this game, but it wasn’t very good from either team’s standpoint. It was boring, frankly. Soupy Campbell and I said so on the broadcast.

And then the second period started. That’s where this post will start.

– Josh Hansen played on the top line with Luke Esposito and Austin Plevy for the second game in a row. Those three caused some matchup problems for the Eagles over the course of the weekend. Austin Plevy had one of the plays of the game when he stripped Eagle defenseman Craig Wyzsomirski of the puck behind the Surrey goal, gathered the puck, and in a blink, centred it to Hansen, who tapped the puck between the pads of Eagle ‘keeper Glenn Ferguson.

Hansen has played everywhere in the lineup from the start of the preseason, and has looked at home with Plevy and Esposito.

– Luke Esposito had a strong game, and broke through Saturday, scoring his first BCHL goal with family in the stands. Espo was buzzing in the Surrey game Friday, and it seemed like it was a matter of time before he bagged one.

– Mitch Gillam: 41 saves. .949 save percentage/1.95 GAA through four games. Next.

– If Gillam is locked in, (Which he will be just about every time out) and the boys in front of him can put four goals on the board, the Chiefs will win a lot of hockey games. Plain and simple.

– Ben Israel continues to play well along the blueline for Chilliwack. Makes good decisions with the puck, and finished the night with an assist. He’s had one in each of his first two games.

– Another Ben on the Chilliwack blueline, Masella, ran over Surrey’s Colton Mackie just inside the blueline as he was pinching in. Masella’s been solid as well, and was named the Fortis Energy Player of the Game on the night.

– Spencer Graboski had one of his better nights, getting things started with the goal in the second period, and then doing great work to drive the puck to the net, setting up Tanner Cochrane’s rebound goal to make it 3-0 in the second period. Graboski was the game’s first star.

– It was after that goal however, that the Chiefs let their foot off the gas, and had a few bad shifts, allowing Surrey’s Brett Mulcahy to put the Eagles on the board and take back some of the momentum. A timeout was called by Harvey Smyl to settle everybody down. They eventually did.

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