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Chiefs/Eagles: It Continues.


Chilliwack Chiefs (27-12-1-1 – 56 points, 1st in Mainland)

VS Surrey Eagles (24-11-2-3 – 53 points, 2nd in Mainland)

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

Chilliwack. Surrey. 1-2 in the division. Both teams have made impactful deadline moves.

This is going to be something.

1. There’s potential for some goals tonight at Prospera Centre. This game will feature four top 10 scorers in the league, including the leader (Luke Esposito – 57 points) as well as Austin Plevy, Adam Tambellini, and Brady Shaw. Tambellini was acquired by the Eagles from Vernon at the trade deadline, and has not dissapointed, putting up 10 points in four games. Chilliwack’s impact move from January 10th, Phil Zielonka, has been lights out himself – eight goals and twelve points in six games playing alongside Esposito and Plevy. Zielonka, Tambellini, and Shaw are all in play for the Bret Hull Trophy as the league’s top goal scorer.

2. The Chiefs are just about automatic when leading a game after two periods. They’re 22-1-0-1 this year when holding a lead through forty minutes. That regulation loss, and overtime defeat? Both to the Eagles in South Surrey.

3. That said, I like the way the Chiefs have turned a corner after their post-Christmas rollercoaster. Four wins in a row and five in the last six games have put Chilliwack back in the top spot in the division, and don’t require any extra motivation for this game tonight. The Chiefs are 3-2-0-1 against the Birds this season, and with just two head to head matchups left, this one is going to go a long way in determining the division champ at the end of the regular season.

4. Surrey presents a tougher matchup than Prince George up front. The Spruce Kings forwards are just not big enough to handle Chilliwack’s D core, but the Eagles are. Plenty of size and skill up front with Brady Shaw, Tambellini, Michael Stenerson, and Demico Hannoun. Hannoun has been the most effective against the Chiefs this season, with three goals and seven points.

5. A 3-0 Eagle victory in Chilliwack at the end of December came down to a few extra plays made by Surrey before the night was done. A rivalry and season series like this one comes down to effort and execution. It should be close tonight, and a great show.

Lineups: Trevor Hills and Shay Laurent draw back in for the Chiefs tonight after serving four game suspensions.

Special Teams:

Chilliwack – Powerplay – 21.89 % (3rd) /Penalty Kill – 85.28% – (1st)

Surrey – Powerplay – 19.13 % (8th) / Penalty Kill – 81.07% – (6th)

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