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The Leftovers Column: Chiefs Top Cowichan

 

I’ve said in this space for three weeks that it’s about results late in the season. Chilliwack got the result they were looking for on Saturday night, clinching home ice advantage in the opening round against Prince George. The first two games will be at Prospera Centre on March 15th and 16th. Tickets for the best of five series go on sale Monday at 10 am.

Last night’s game ‘Capped’ an odd weekend. Friday’s tilt with Langley was very entertaining, despite the loss. Saturday’s win was….not as entertaining.

1. Good for Josh Halpenny on picking up his first BCHL goose egg in this game. He deserved a better fate in his last start against Coquitlam. Saturday, the local kid got the run support he needed. I’ve talked about the (sometimes) tough situation that Halpenny’s in with Gillam being the clear-cut #1 from the start of camp, and one of the best in the game today.

Okay kid, you might only play once a month, so when you do, get out there and be somebody!’

I don’t care who you are, or what the situation is. That can wear on a guy sometimes. Kudos to Halpenny for being somebody last night. Five wins in nine starts, and a BCHL shutout, which his teammates were visibly excited for after the game. Good stuff.

2. On the game’s opening shift, Austin Plevy picked up the puck at his own blueline, shifted into the 19th gear, went through the whole Cowichan team, and lost the handle on the puck at the side of the net at the last possible second. That was far and away the most exciting thing that happened in the first period – and it happened in the opening minute.

It reminded me of this: Something that happened well before Austin was even born:

 

– That’s right. It looked like Pavel Bure’s first shift, and it was awesome.

3. I liked the simplicity on Chilliwack’s opening goal. Ben Masella got the shot through, and Josh Hansen provided a good screen. You don’t always need Shay Laurent to thread the needle beautifully from the left circle to Phil Zielonka for a tap-in to be successful.

Oh, wait…..

4. Cowichan’s best player on the ice Saturday: Rylan Bechtel. He was clearly excited to come back here and perform in front of friends and family. Seemed to have more jump than anyone else on his team. Played physical, and didn’t look like a player that’s just playing out the string, even if his ‘mates gave off that vibe at times.

That’s all I can really think of. It wasn’t a wholesale beatdown of a Cowichan  team just playing out the string, but a win’s a win. I think it’s great that two more tests against that wide-open Langley club awaits the Chiefs before their playoff series gets underway against Prince George.

Two weeks from the second season. Time to get excited.

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