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‘Dogs Are Out: A.V. Visits The Chiefs

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Chilliwack Chiefs (27-17-1-1 – 56 points, 2nd in Mainland)

VS Alberni Valley Bulldogs (23-17-1-5 – 52 points, 3rd in Island)

(Prospera Centre  –  4:30 pregame/5pm faceoff on 89.5 The Hawk)

THE LINEUPS

THE NUMBERS

A few things:

1. Both of these teams have clinched a playoff spot, but both teams have plenty to play for. Alberni Valley sits just three points back of the Nanaimo Clippers for second spot, and home ice advantage in the Island Division. They had won five straight games, but had that streak snapped in a place where many a winning streak goes to die – Penticton. They’re also on the final leg of a three game in three night odyssey that saw the ‘Dogs visit Trail, the south Okanagan, and now Chilliwack.

The Chiefs, meanwhile, are just looking for a positive result. Chilliwack has dropped five straight games, the most recent a disheartening 3-1 home ice loss to division rival Prince George. The effort was there on Saturday, but it’s about results at this time of year, and the Chiefs haven’t been getting them. Also, the Spruce Kings are now lurking in the division, four points out of the second spot in the Mainland with ten games to play. Two points would serve the Chiefs well here for a number of reasons.

2. Home hasn’t been particularly sweet for Chilliwack – 3-4 in the last seven on Prospera Centre ice, and a pedestrian 12-9-1 overall. A skate with the fans after the game is always more fun after a win.

3. The last time these two met way back in October, it was a spirited affair that went right down to the wire – Josh Hansen scored the overtime winner that night, on a great play behind the net from Trevor Hills. Fast forward to February, and Hansen has scored twice since November, while Hills serves the second of a two game suspension this evening. Hockey is funny sometimes.

4. Hot goaltenders aside, Chilliwack’s had trouble finding the net – Just one goal three times in the last five.

5. Alberni Valley’s most dynamic player is perhaps 17 year old Evan Tironese. He leads the way with 43 points this season, and is part of a forward group that may not blow you away with numbers individually, but they can all find the net as a group, averaging well over three a game. Tironese’s helped by the likes of Manny Gielidakis, Ryan Lough, and Teal Burns, who has fit in quite well since coming over via trade earlier in the season. The ‘Dogs fell behind big in Penticton last night, but battled back with a strong output offensively. If the Chiefs are going to put this slump to bed, a full 60 is going to be the (boring, tired, cliched) key. They may even have to go longer than sixty for the second time against this team this season.

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