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Kirk Thompson All Day: Spruce Kings Take Game One

 

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Game One: Spruce Kings 3, Chiefs 1. Prince George leads series 1-0. Boxscore

“With this best of five format in the first two rounds, I really don’t think the higher seed has that much of an advantage. The onus is on Chilliwack here to do what they’re ‘supposed’ to do and win the first two games.”

“….if there’s anything that hockey has taught us – You don’t want an ‘Underdog’ to play with house money.”

“One player in particular that stands out for Chilliwack is Coltyn Hansen. Hansen scored three of his 21 goals against the Chiefs this year, and can be a game-breaker with his blinding speed in the middle of the ice.”

“Their goaltender, Kirk Thompson, is as important to the ‘Kings as Gillam for Chilliwack. He has shown the ability to steal games at Prospera Centre, and Thompson will have to do that if his team is to earn at least a split.”

Me, the morning of Game 1

Well, then.

The Chiefs should hold their heads high here. Their effort appeared good enough on this night to get a result, but because of Kirk Thompson and Coltyn Hansen, they didn’t earn that result, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Spruce Kings Friday night on home ice.

Chilliwack got off to a terrific start in this game, peppering Thompson early. I particularly liked the involvement of Jaret Babych, Spencer Graboski, and Mathieu Tibbet in this game at times – creating pressure, and the odd quality scoring chance. Josh Hansen found Tibbet in tight in the first period, but Thompson made a great save. The Chiefs made the point of driving to the net to look for rebounds as well, and did their best to make life difficult for the Prince George ‘keeper. Didn’t matter, and that was very frustrating.

– The Chiefs had outshot the ‘Kings 15-5 when some of the lights went out in the rink. There was a power outage in town, and it did affect the building. Like a stupid idiot, I failed to take a picture, as Prospera Centre had it’s Super Bowl moment. I remember being concerned that the prolonged stoppage and ensuing intermission would help the Spruce Kings settle down, and turn the game back in their favour a little.

It didn’t. The Chiefs continued to pour it on, pushing the edge on the shotclock to 30-8 at one point. Kirk Thompson seemed unfazed – bored, even. He was so cool back there. My hat goes off to him. And because Thompson didn’t panic – Neither did his teammates in front of him. Not even remotley. That little revelation does not bode well for the Chiefs moving forward in this series, I can tell you that.

– Eric Roberts’ hit on Chad Staley late in the second period, which was deemed a boarding call, earning a tepid ‘Maybe’ from Cam and myself, was compounded by an unsportsmanlike penalty. Whatever it was that Roberts did to earn that extra two, the Spruce Kings took advantage, scoring a power play goal late in the second period on a Cam Lawson re-direct in front. And we all know the issues that plague the Chiefs when they go into the room trailing after 40 minutes.

– Chilliwack pressed in the third, but Coltyn Hansen swung the hammer, blocking a David Thompson point shot, and then outraced the Chief Captain to the net, shovelling one past Gillam for an absolute dagger. I said he could swing a game, and Coltyn Hansen did tonight. That he scored the empty net 3-0 goal seemed all too appropriate.

– To be clear, there were some things to be pleased with on this night for the Chiefs. They were a game bunch, ready to go from the opening hop. Energy was not an issue, and they got as many pucks as they could to Kirk Thompson. The Spruce Kings just didn’t panic, and made one or two more plays then their opponents on this night.

Prince George collected some of that house money tonight. They’ll play with it tomorrow. It is absolutley imperative that the Chiefs stick to what they did Friday, (They didn’t get many bounces in game one, no doubt) and like their opponent showed in game one –  Don’t Panic.

If they do panic? P.G. collects all that house money.

Which would put the Chiefs in some major trouble.

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