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Up Next: The West Kelowna Warriors

Chilliwack Chiefs (27-15-1-1 – 56 points, 2nd in Mainland)

VS West Kelowna Warriors (19-12-3-8 – 49 points, 3rd in Interior)

(Royal LePage Place  –  6:30 pregame/7pm faceoff on 89.5 The Hawk)

Just a few things going into tonight’s game – featuring a Chiefs team trying to find some continuity –

1. Salmon Arm was the better team 5 on 5 Friday night. Chilliwack has shown throughout the year they can be a force at even strength. They must get back to that on the road against a good team in the Interior conference. Certainly the players looked at to produce – the Zielonkas, Plevys, Espositos, etc- will have to, but it’s up to the others to swing the momentum with hard work on the forecheck, drawing the occasional penalty, and generating some energy – even scoring the odd goal or two. It’s the little things often in the BCHL, and the Chiefs have to do a better job of that.

2. Westside is without a pair of key guys – defenseman Braxton Bilous, and forward Shawn Hochhausen – their fourth leading scorer entering the weekend. Those two along with David Pope and Brennan Clark are all suspended following the fracas in Penticton last week. Chilliwack gets a boost – returning from suspension tonight is team Captain David Thompson.

3. The Chiefs are on the road – it doesn’t have to be an oil painting. I think it’s important for the boys to get back to basics tonight – carrying to centre, dumping it in, and chasing, winning battles along the walls – and hopefully that can lead to some quality scoring chances – something they just haven’t had enough of in two games with the Silverbacks.

Special Teams:

Chilliwack – Powerplay – 21.43 % (4th) /Penalty Kill – 85.54% – (1st)

West Kelowna – Powerplay – 21.64 % (3rd) / Penalty Kill – 84.08% – (3rd)

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