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Game Preview: Express On Tap In Coquitlam

Friday night’s stage in Coquitlam

Chilliwack Chiefs (9-3-1-1) Vs. Coquitlam Express (8-4-1-0)

(Poirier Sports & Leisure Complex – 6:30 pre game show/7pm faceoff on 89.5 The Hawk)

It’s the third match up of the year between the Chilliwack Chiefs, and the Coquitlam Express.

The two teams are neck and neck in the mainland division standings, with Coquitlam sitting three points back of the Chiefs going into this one. That cushion for Chilliwack is in part thanks to a 6-3 win over the Express on October 5th, and a 4-4 tie between the two clubs on October 6th at Prospera Centre.

THINGS I’LL BE KEEPING IN MIND:

– Chilliwack’s Josh Hansen enters Friday’s game in a three-way tie for the BCHL goal scoring lead (11). The local boy found the net four times on last week’s island trip alone, and scored twice the last time he laced them up in Coquitlam. Hansen is one goal shy of his total from last season.

– The Express will look a little different from the last time they clashed with the Chiefs. Express Head Coach and GM Jon Calvano sent prolific scorer Brady Shaw to the Surrey Eagles for Brandon Morely on October 18th. Morely gives the Express more of what they had already: smaller forwards that are tough to contain.

– Mitch Gillam may have been tagged with the loss on Sunday in Powell River, but he looked as sharp to me as he’s been all year. We’ll hold that thought as…..

– ….we wonder which version of Express ‘tender Cole Huggins (should he start, of course) will show up. Huggins looked very ordinary on October 5th, allowing three goals in the first nine minutes before being pulled. He was tremendous the following night, stopping all 13 overtime shots the Chiefs put at him in that tie, including a Luke Esposito penalty shot.  If not for Cole Huggins, the Chiefs would have had an eight game winning streak snapped this past weekend. I’m banking on the ‘tie’ version of Huggins showing up for this one.

– (You know…providing he starts. And with seven wins this season, I expect him to.)

For those wondering, Austin Plevy will play both games this weekend in Coquitlam and Vernon before heading off to Calgary for the World Junior A Team Canada West selection camp. Plevy had a six game point streak come to an end in Powell River Sunday.

Special Teams:

Chilliwack – Powerplay – 20.00 %/Penalty Kill – 85.83%

Coquitlam – Powerplay – 20.63% / Penalty Kill – 93.10%

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