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Chiefs Ride Better Effort To Win Over Kings

Austin Plevy’s two powerplay goals in the third period helped ice the Chiefs victory. Photo: Garrett James

The narrative going into Friday night’s game for the Chiefs was pretty simple – Just…..play better.

Just. Play. Better.

And you know what?

They did. It was a good job, and a good effort in a 3-0 victory over the Powell River Kings from Mitch Gillam on out. As always, you can read JB’s breakdown here.

As for what I saw:

– It’s been evident over the course of the first five games, and it was on display tonight: This team is pretty deep on the back end. Cooper Rush couldn’t go this evening, as he’s dealing with a lower body injury. Shea Laurent left this game early for a hit from behind on Powell River’s Teagan Waugh – And not once did I think at any point the Chiefs were in any duress on the blueline. Ben Masella and Eric Roberts both had steady nights. Ben Israel showed great vision on a cross seam pass to Austin Plevy for the third Chilliwack goal, Alex Perron-Fontaine got on the scoresheet again, and David Thompson was his usual workhorse self.

– Talked about finish and lackthereof offensively for Chilliwack going into this game. If you were in the building for Tanner Cochrane’s second of the season, or Austin Plevy’s third of the season, those two goals were about as ‘finish’ as it gets.

– The Chiefs also hit three crossbars in this game. Goals will come.

– If this team can combine consistent scoring with Gillam’s goaltending, toughness at 5 on 5, and a continually solid penalty kill that was perfect on a night where they were two men down two seperate times? Uh-oh.

– Gillam’s save on J.P. Villneuve’s shorthanded breakaway in the second period to preserve a 1-0 lead was his biggest of the night.

– Luke Esposito finished with one assist. He also finished with more than one blocked shot, most of which came on the penalty kill. That’s some valuable stuff from a front-line guy. All the penalty killers played the shooting lanes well on this night.

– We got the full Austin Plevy experience tonight. Firey play. A (misconduct) penalty that should have been avoided. Two goals, including one laser off the cross-seam pass from Ben Israel, and one boisterous Ovechkin-esque celly*, going to the drop-to-one-knee-sweeping-fist-pump that all the kids go with nowadays.

– Kings coach Kent Lewis will be shaking his head over the two costly penalties that led to the Plevy goals to salt the game away for Chilliwack in the third. Credit the Chiefs for capitalizing.

– The winning goal tonight? Scored by Tanner Cochrane. Against his old team.

* For the uninformed, ‘celly’ is short for ‘celebration’. Part of the sport’s lexicon now.

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