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Game 54: ‘Caps At Chiefs


Chilliwack Chiefs (30-21-1-1 – 62 points, 2nd in Mainland)

VS Cowichan Valley Capitals (13-32-1-6 – 33 points, 5th in Island)

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

It’s only the second matchup of the year between the Chiefs and Capitals. I don’t have much to say, but I know the following:

1. Cowichan is currently playing out the string, long since eliminated in the playoff race. A coaching change has been made, as Jim Ingram is no longer behind the bench. Aaron Plumb is holding down the fort until Bob Beatty takes over for next season. Beatty has had previous success in the SJHL with the LaRonge Ice Wolves. Cowichan’s leading scorer is forward Steen Cooper – with 27 points.

Bottom line: It’s been a difficult year in Duncan. No sense in the Chiefs allowing the ‘Caps to feel good about themselves here. Cowichan was run out of the building 7-2 the night before in Coquitlam.

2. It’s not all about unfamiliarity, however. Chilliwack native Rylan Bechtel returns to his hometown in a Capitals uniform tonight. The young defenseman has been one of the more consistent bright spots for Cowichan, playing in 50 games and amassing 11 points in his first full BCHL season. With Bechtel, Brad King, Josh Hansen, and (probable starter) Josh Halpenny – there will be plenty of homegrown content on the ice tonight.

3. The ongoing quest for the Chiefs to lock up home ice in the first round continues tonight – They can do just that with one point tonight, or a Prince George loss this evening – the Spruce Kings host Langley in the first of a back to back this weekend.

Getting back to last night, I liked Chilliwack’s effort for the most part. Their special teams is solid right now, but 5 on 5 isn’t quite where they’d like it to be. While every game in the BCHL is a tough game, hopefully the Chiefs can take advantage of a team close to the end of their season, and carry the play at even strength for extended stretches. That would give the home side some confidence going into the regular season-ending home and home agains the Rivermen starting Thursday.

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