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No Island Sweep – Kings Take Down Chiefs

Unbeaten streaks are fun. Having them end aren’t as much fun.

The Chiefs dealt with the quick turnaround after an overtime victory against Alberni Valley with an afternoon tilt against the Kings in Powell River. It was the Kings who made the big plays at the right times in a 4-1 victory, snapping Chilliwack’s eight game unbeaten run.

On a personal note, Sunday marked the first game I’ve ever done at Hap Parker Arena – and I dug it. It was cool to be three rows up from the ice. I saw things I don’t normally see from my usual perches high above.

Among them:

–  Some chippy play between these two clubs, including two fights. Tanner Cochrane, in his return to Powell River, squared off against Brad Parker, while Jaret Babych threw down (Literally. Turned into a wrestling match at the end.) with Luke Nogard.

–  Josh Hansen scored the only goal of the game for Chilliwack, converting on a rebound during a first period powerplay. Hansen scored in each game this weekend, including Saturday’s OT winner against the Bulldogs. He’s now at eleven goals this season, just one back of his total from all last year.

– One aspect of three games in three days is the inevitable physical toll. The Chiefs were a little shorthanded and banged up on this afternoon. Cooper Rush was playing through injury. Alexandre Perron-Fontaine and Ryan Donohoe both sat with shoulder ailments. Mitch Skapski played Sunday while under the weather.

– The difference maker for the Kings Sunday was Evan Richardson. Richardson sat out the last time these two teams got together – a game where the Kings were shut out at Prospera Centre. Enter Richardson, who finished with two goals and an assist. His first goal opened the scoring on the powerplay, his assist came off a great rush down the left wing, setting up Jarryd Leung in the slot for a wristshot that beat Gillam to the top corner to give the Kings a 3-1 lead, and his second goal was an empty netter. That’s a difference maker right there.

– The early start may have led to the sloppy play from both teams at times. Credit the Kings for making the plays they needed to make. Kings goaltender Jonah Imoo made 28 saves, as the Chiefs were outshot 36-29.

– Mitch Gillam played pretty well. The rebound control was there. His glove was sharp. Two goals were of the re-direction/tap-in variety, and the other was that laser from Leung that nobody would have stopped.

– Chilliwack got some shots through in the third period, but you could see the team was a tired group by the end. They’ll get back to practice this week in preparation for another pair of road games in Coquitlam and Vernon on October 26th/27th.

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