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A Clash With The Kings

Chilliwack Chiefs (2-2-0-1) Vs. Powell River Kings (3-2-0-2)

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

For the only time this season, the Powell River Kings will visit Prospera Centre to face the Chiefs. I use the phrase ‘only time’ loosely of course, as the Kings were here for the BCHL Showcase, but the road has been busy for the four time Coastal Conference Champs – Eight of their first ten games this month take place away from Hap Parker Arena on the Sunshine Coast.

Two of Powell River’s three victories have come at home, a two game sweep of the Cowichan Valley Capitals last week. This game in Chilliwack for Kent Lewis’ team is part of a three game jaunt that sees them play in Penticton Saturday, and Trail on Sunday.

With all that said….

THINGS I’M KEEPING IN MIND:

– Can the Chiefs use home ice to their advantage this evening? Four games at home thus far have yielded two victories, and nearly the entire month of October will be played away from Prospera Centre.

– With a rematch of the Fred Page Cup Final on the horizon for the Kings against Penticton on a night where the Vees will be doing all their banner-raising, is there a possibility that Powell River could overlook the Chiefs a little bit?

– The buzz with this team early on is where the offense is going to come from. Only once in five games have the Chiefs scored three times or more. Mitch Gillam in goal gives this team a chance every night, but asking him to backstop 2-1 victories all the time can be a little taxing.

– Just to be clear: The Chiefs don’t have trouble generating chances offensively. It’s ‘finish’ that’s been an early season hurdle. ‘Early Season’ is also the operative term here.

– Josh Hansen, Luke Esposito, and Austin Plevy have combined for 12 points as a unit in the last three games. In those three games, Chilliwack has scored eight times. That’s a large percentage.

– Chilliwack’s depth on the blueline has been big so far this season, and the blueline group will be busy with a trio of Kings forwards that have put up some decent early season numbers. Matt Scarth, J.P. Villeneuve, and Luke Nogard all have amassed six points each in the Kings’ first seven outings.

Special Teams:

Chilliwack – Powerplay – 21.74 %/Penalty Kill – 88.89%

Powell River – Powerplay – 21.21% / Penalty Kill – 80.00%

Extra Stuff:

– Chiefs alumnus, and lead guitarist for the band Rev Theory, Julien Jorgensen will be in attendance.

You know….these guys…..

 

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