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These Guys Again – Prince George at Prospera


Chilliwack Chiefs (26-12-1-1 – 54 points, 1st in Mainland)

VS Prince George Spruce Kings (19-14-1-6 – 45 points, 3rd in Mainland)

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

This week has felt like the postseason in Chilliwack. They’ll take on the Prince George Spruce Kings for the fourth time in the last eleven days. One positive for the Chiefs is their head to head record against their Mainland division rivals – 5-0 this season, although you could argue that the Chiefs probably shouldn’t have won the last time these two teams got together at Prospera – a 3-2 overtime victory where Spencer Graboski tied it with 51 seconds on the clock.

1. In order to push it to 6-0 tonight, Chilliwack must limit the space in the middle of the ice for the Prince George forwards. In Saturday’s 4-2 victory, the Chiefs gave up too many odd-man rushes early on. Prospera Centre’s ice surface is bigger than the one up north, so the Spruce Kings’ speed will be more of a factor. The Chiefs have frustrated the Spruce Kings in the other areas of the rink, so if they can own the middle, they’ll have a great chance to win this game, and increase their lead atop the Mainland standings going into the weekend.

2. The Spruce Kings will have to account for a Chiefs lineup that`s beginning to click post-deadline. Phil Zielonka has found the net five times in his first five games, including four against the Spruce Kings alone. Zielonka attributed that to playing with some great players – Austin Plevy and Luke Esposito are working on 7 game point streaks of their own. Esposito can take back the league scoring lead with a two point night this evening.

3. Josh Hansen found the back of the net this past Saturday in Prince George, hopefully putting to an end a frustrating stretch that saw him miss significant time with a knee injury. Hansen’s versatility is one of the Chiefs’ biggest weapons. He can play in any situation, and makes a difference with his net-front presence on the powerplay. This all means the coaching staff will have more options with the top six. Graboski-Hansen-Hills (when he returns from suspension) can be a formidable group.

4. No McHaffie’s, or Brandon Volpe tonight. Jared Virtanen is getting the call to play in his second game with the Chiefs this season. The energy provided by the twins and Volpe will need to be replicated by those who are in tonight – namely, Mathieu Tibbet, Brodyn Nielsen, Babych, and Tanner Burns. The ‘bottom six’ made big differences at times for the Chiefs in Prince George, and it will have to happen again if a win is in the cards.

Special Teams:

Chilliwack – Powerplay – 21.65 % (4th) /Penalty Kill – 85.78% – (1st)

Prince George – Powerplay – 16.47 % (15th) / Penalty Kill – 81.07% – (9th)

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