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Momentum Halted On The Tracks

The Chiefs organization for a long time has stressed the importance of ‘Family’.

On Family Day Monday, it was an ex-Family member that had a big afternoon.

Ex-Chief Ben Israel finished with a goal, and an assist as the Coquitlam Express capped off an impressive weekend with victories over Surrey, and now Chilliwack – 3-1 at Poirier. Here’s what stood out:

Josh Halpenny couldn't get the run support he needed, as the Chiefs were held to one goal for the fourth time in the last seven games.

Josh Halpenny couldn’t get the run support he needed, as the Chiefs were held to one goal for the fourth time in the last seven games.

1. Chilliwack’s best offensive chance by a mile was the one they scored on: Shay Laurent freed up a puck at the Coquitlam blue line on a penalty kill, and Austin Plevy took off, beating Cole Huggins on a shorthanded breakaway to open the scoring. Unfortunatley, being that was the Chiefs’ best chance offensively all afternoon, you can imagine that play at 5 on 5 was a struggle. Only five shots each in the final two periods. That won’t cut it.

2. The Chiefs were whistled for four penalties in the second period. Three of them came in a six minute span. If you’re doing the math at home, you know that’s not going to help if you’re a Chief. Israel’s power play goal to tie the game at one came amidst that. The Express moved the puck well with the extra man, although they had plenty of time to get it into a groove in the second period.

3. One of those penalties in the second was a roughing call on David Thompson when the Capain went after former teammate Garrett Forster in the corner. Forster didn’t score in this game, but he had the last laugh on that particular sequence.

4. I thought Josh Halpenny was fine in goal for Chilliwack. Cole Huggins was more than likely bored at the other end. Chilliwack really didn’t generate much offensively in this game. That’s alarming this late in the year.

5. The Tanner Cochrane – Callum Hofford fight, though. Man. Simultaneous haymakers. Several of them. How both guys stayed on their feet, I’ll never know. That was fun, but it was all the fun the Chiefs would have on this day.

6. I liked Ben Israel’s game tonight. It’s clear Jon Calvano has given him the green light for jumping into the rush, and most of the powerplay was centred around getting Israel some shot opportunities from the circle. He seemed in good spirits when I spoke to him before the game. Happy that things are working out for him. I’m sure he and Garrett Forster will enjoy this one for a couple days.

 

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