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Can’t Wait: Eagles/Chiefs One More Time

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Chilliwack Chiefs (29-18-1-1 – 60 points, 2nd in Mainland)

VS Surrey Eagles (31-12-2-4 – 68 points, 1st in Mainland)

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

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Well, then.

Always a show when these two teams get together. I’m expecting playoff intensity, and with the Eagles eight points up on the Chiefs, trying to keep them at bay for the division title, this game should have plenty of meaning.

There always is meaning between these two, but they are the two best teams in the division, and there could be some bad blood.

1. Last time out, David Thompson put Brady Shaw into the boards, earning a two game suspension. I’m sure the Eagles haven’t forgotten that. The Chiefs’ Captain is a firey guy, and certainly isn’t afraid to handle his own business should he have to answer a bell or two, but it’s important for Thompson to keep that emotion in check tonight – as tough as it may be. Thompson means too much to the Chiefs with his play on the ice, particularly against the likes of Shaw, Adam Tambellini, Demico Hannoun, and Michael Stenerson.

2. Eric Roberts had a very good night Friday against a shifty, talented group of Warrior forwards. Chilliwack must have another performance like Friday’s from Roberts, who made good decisions, and was tough to play against along the boards and in the corners. Ben Masella will have to continue his solid play as well.

3. Surrey hasn’t seen the Chiefs since Chilliwack’s lines were juggled. I don’t think the adjustment period would take too long, but the coaching staff have put together some different looks that have been effective at times. Harvey Smyl touched on the play of Mathieu Tibbet of late, some of his best since coming back from a concussion. He provides Plevy/Esposito with a lot of speed in the middle of the ice, and has good net-front presence on the power play.

4. I think Austin Plevy can be an X-Factor tonight. I liked his all-around game against the Bulldogs last week. A goal, hits along the boards and in the corners on the forecheck, intensity, a couple ‘pest’ sequences – That’s the total package Plevy can bring. He wears an ‘A’ for a reason. It’s games like this late in the season and moving forward where the Chiefs will need that type of game from one of their top players. He did swing momentum (momentarily, albeit) with that great effort on the shorthanded goal from behind the net three weeks ago. That could all go a long ways towards a victory tonight. It’s a team effort of course, but I think Plevy could swing this game with a big play or two.

5. In a rivalry like this one, it’s important for all eighteen skaters on the Chiefs’ side to get in the game as early as possible. Hit or get hit. Surrey has handed the Chiefs two losses on home ice this season. The home side would like to change that, you can bet.

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