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New Streak: Chiefs Tame ‘Dogs

That’s over.

JB’s recap is here. Click on it for something a little more indepth.

I’ll leave you with a few thoughts:

1. Chilliwack didn’t change too much from Friday night – except maybe the line combinations. Mathieu Tibbet had a strong game Friday, and got some time with Esposito and Plevy, including some time on the power play. I liked those three together. Tibbet does have some crazy speed through the middle of the ice, and he utilized that well with those two on this night.

2. Got the full Austin Plevy experience tonight. Plevy scored a goal – his 26th of the season, played with intensity, and was physical. His hit on Teal Burns towards the end of the second period ticked off Burns quite a bit – he was smashing his stick all over the place, enough to draw a ten minute unsportsmanlike conduct. The hit was clean.

Teal, Why u mad, bro?

Anyways – good night from Plevy. He’ll have to do that moving forward if the Chiefs plan to roll into the playoffs. Espo was better tonight than he was Friday as well.

3. Phil Zielonka loves to score. He hadn’t in three games, but got the party started on the powerplay in the second period. He closed the scoring in the third as well. He’s got 31 now – leading the league in that category, just in front of Surrey’s Brady Shaw, and Langley’s Mario Puskarich.

4. Mitch Gillam made a couple biggies in this game – Teal Burns on a shorthanded breakaway, and utter robbery on Ryan Lough in the third period with the game at 4-2. Lough had a stellar chance in front, but Gillam got his left toe on it. That’s hockey.

5. Puck movement on the Chilliwack powerplay was sharper. More of a purpose tonight. The Chiefs were strong this evening, but at no point did it seem like they were pressing. This was important.

6. Jay Deo made a couple big time saves on Tanner Cochrane tonight. Cochrane was the game’s first star anyway. He made good decisions. And what a pain in the ass to play against.

7. Finally, it’s important for the Chiefs to see a positive result, especially on home ice, where they had won just three of their last seven. They must take this right into Coquitlam on Monday – not too much time to celebrate – a 2pm faceoff against two former teammates in Ben Israel and Garrett Forster.

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