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Getting To Know You: Silverbacks Make Lone Visit

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Chilliwack Chiefs (27-13-1-1 – 56 points, 1st in Mainland)

VS Salmon Arm Silverbacks (18-18-2-3 – 41 points, 4th in Interior)

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

This is tough, right here. Friday night featured two longtime rivals, in the midst of a tightly contested season series. Last night’s game was won by the bad guys in an emotional game from start to finish…..and now…..

….The Salmon Arm Silverbacks? It’s been awhile, hey? (Chilliwack did go 7-0 against Salmon Arm last season.)

I will openly admit that I’ve seen maybe five minutes of tape on this Salmon Arm club, but I can tell you this – They’re young (only one ’92 born player on the roster) feisty, and battling for a playoff spot in the Interior division – just one point up on the Trail Smoke Eaters going into this game at Prospera Centre. They’re also a little ornery, having lost 5-2 in Langley the night before.

Going on numbers alone, defenseman Shane Hanna makes this team go. His 35 points from the blueline leads Salmon Arm in scoring. Alex Gillies and Brandon Mistal are the Apes’ two leading goal scorers with 14, and 12 respectively. It remains to be seen if the Silverbacks have enough firepower to match the Chiefs.

That’s why they play the games, though.

1. Jared Virtanen and Kyle Westeringh will get some time in the Chilliwack lineup tonight as AP callups. Both have seen action with the Chiefs this season already. Both have appeared in two games with the club, and Virtanen had a few good sequences the other night in the victory over Prince George. Westeringh is the local boy.

Luke Esposito enters Friday's play in the scoring lead overall with 40 points

Luke Esposito enters Saturday’s play one point back in the BCHL scoring race (59)

2. I would have said this about tonight’s game regardless of what happened Friday: The Chiefs have to make sure their energy level is where it needs to be. An emotional game against Surrey like the one we saw Friday can take a lot out of the group. Any team can win on any given night in the BCHL (Cliche alert!) but it’s true – The Chiefs have to bring it early, and channel the frustration from last night’s loss into consistent play this evening.

3. I know that sounds really boring. But it’s so simple. And it must be done.

Special Teams:

Chilliwack – Powerplay – 21.78 % (4th) /Penalty Kill – 85.36% – (1st)

Salmon Arm – Powerplay – 18.90 % (8th) / Penalty Kill – 81.92% – (5th)

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