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Complete: Morning Thoughts On Langley

Ryan Donohoe on Thursday night. He was something.

Ryan Donohoe on Thursday night. He was something.

Good Morning,

The local hockey club was good last night. Real good. Here’s a few leftovers:

1. Ryan Donohoe – He’s playing with confidence right now, no question about it. Ryan’s combination of speed, strength, toughness in the circle, and on the penalty kill are tough to beat when he’s on. He was ON Thursday night with a hat-trick, including two shorthanded goals.

Great execution on the first one, as Phil Zielonka got the pass through on a 2 on 1 to Donohoe for a forehand-backhand deke.

Good net presence on the second one, going to the right of the crease to shovel in a rebound. (Good presence in front by Austin Plevy as well on that play. Cooper Rush’s point shot hit him, and rolled to Donohoe. They took it.)

The third goal was speed – Josh Hansen blocked a shot on a penalty kill, and the puck squirted out to centre. Donohoe took off, getting a step on his man before beating Darren Hogg to the five hole.

This all came after Donohoe had a plethora of chances Saturday night against Cowichan, and couldn’t cash in. That’s hockey sometimes.

2. I mentioned the Hansen shot-block to set up that third goal. Chilliwack did a great job playing the shooting lanes last night, getting in front of pucks time and time again, making things easy at times for Josh Halpenny. A willingness to get into the lanes and block some shots will no doubt help this team in the postseason a week from now.

3. Another postseason trait that really emerged was the Chiefs’ intensity on the forecheck. Not that it wasn’t there before, but it was prominent on Thursday night, right from the opening faceoff. I liked the games of Brodyn Nielsen, Tanner Burns, Tanner Cochrane, and Mathieu Tibbet in that regard. The others went hard on the forecheck as well, but if those ‘role’ players can make things difficult for opposing defencemen every time down? That’s when the Chiefs can be dangerous.

4. Yes…Derek Sutliffe lost the handle on that penalty shot a little bit at the end, but it was still a big save for Josh Halpenny at the time. Sutliffe scores there, and it’s 2-2 in the second period after the Chiefs had carried the play, and failed to cash in on a few glorious chances. Halpenny made the play, and the Chiefs responded with two more before the end of the second period. Ballgame. Halpenny made a couple big ones in the third period as well to put a stamp on it. Good for the kid to win two straight.

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