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Chiefs’ Cap Successful Weekend

Alright then.

I tweeted following Saturday’s game that this was important for the Chiefs moving forward. Not just the win over Surrey, but the weekend in general. Two games, two wins, four points and a reminder that this Chilliwack team can be pretty good when they want to be. With six games to go before the playoffs begin, this weekend was important for this group. No question about it.

A few things:

1. The biggest stretch of Saturday’s game was in the third period with the Chiefs nursing a one goal lead. The Chiefs went to the box three straight times, including a 5 on 3 for 34 seconds. On Monday in Coquitlam, an identical stretch would allow the Express back in, and ultimatley cost them the game. On Saturday, Chilliwack killed off everything, Mitch Gillam stopped everything, and Surrey’s numerous power play opportunities were rendered moot.

2. Mitch Gillam settled in after a rocky first period. He got caught out of his net playing the puck, and while he nearly got the right pad on Trevor Cameron’s wraparound while scurrying back into the crease, it wasn’t enough, and it gave Surrey a one goal lead following the opening period. Gillam wouldn’t allow anything else the rest of the way. His stop on Brett Mulcahy early in the third period after an Esposito turnover was his biggest of the night while the game was tied at 2.

3. Trevor Hills was put on the Esposito/Plevy line, and contributed immediatley, tying the game in the first period thirteen seconds after Surrey had drawn first blood. Chilliwack will need to have a player like Hills going at full capacity in the postseason. He’s a good player when he’s not sidetracked by some of the after-whistle transgressions. I didn’t see any of that from him Saturday, as he has a chance to play with two very good players right now.

4. I said before this game that Austin Plevy would be an X-factor. He made me look pretty smart with those two goals. I liked his intensity as well. When he’s really going, the rest of the group follows, and Austin was strong Saturday.

5. Aside from one undisciplined penalty, Ryan Donohoe continues to do some strong things with the puck and without. He’s fearless on the penalty kill, looking to attack with the puck, strong defensively, and arguably the best faceoff man on the team. He’s usually the guy when there’s a big draw. Those are all things that will prove to be invaluable.

6. Surrey was a little shorthanded tonight, but they were right in this game for 46 minutes. For all the talk about Adam Tambellini and his unquestioned talent, I think Brady Shaw is their best player. He was consistently dangerous, and plays with an edge. He also uses his size very well. Also with Shaw, who was the victim of that ugly hit from David Thompson in the last meeting – we didn’t see any spillover from that. Both teams knew how important this game was, and we didn’t see either team get sidetracked from that. I sure hope they’ll meet in the playoffs down the line.

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