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Gillam Shines, Chiefs Win.

Mitch Gillam was stellar in goal for the Chilliwack Chiefs, making 48 saves in a 2-1 victory over the West Kelowna Warriors on Friday night at Prospera Centre.

The Peterborough, Ontario product was tremendous all night, including the third period where he had to make 19 saves. The Warriors were buzzing in the final ten seconds, as Gillam had to make a pair of point blank saves on Seb Lloyd and Marcus Basara to keep the game from going to overtime.

Shay Laurent and Cooper Rush were the goal scorers for Chilliwack in this game. Laurent’s came on a power play in the first period, while Rush’s goal was another shot from the point during a delayed Warrior penalty. Luke Esposito did a good job to keep that play alive.

The Warriors answered back in the second period on a well placed shot by David Pope. Mitch Nardi beat Spencer Graboski cleanly on the draw, and set it up on a tee for Pope, the only Warrior to beat Gillam on this night.

Chilliwack continued to juggle their lines, as Mathieu Tibbet remained with Esposito and Plevy, while Phil Zielonka played on a line with Ryan Donohoe and Josh Hansen. The work of the first three was good to set up Laurent’s power play goal in the first period. Tibbet provided a good screen in front of the net.

Eric Roberts was the game’s second star, and deservedly so. The rookie from Abbotsford has played well of late, and he made a series of good decisions, and well placed hits along the boards in this one. Steady play from the youngster is what the Chiefs will need moving towards the playoffs.

Now they’ll get ready for a big time matchup with the Surrey Eagles on Saturday night at Prospera Centre.

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