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Last Call?

Ryan Donohoe scored twice in Saturday's game 2 defeat. Photo: Damon James

Ryan Donohoe scored twice in Saturday’s game 2 defeat. Photo: Damon James

Game Three – Prospera Centre – 7pm – 89.5 The Hawk – Eagles Lead Series 2-0

Title of this post notwithstanding, I hope it’s not the last one for this group. They can point to at least four periods in the first two games and definitively say that they’ve been the better team. Chilliwack has outshot Surrey in each of the first two games. If you eliminate the odd-man rushes they’ve squandered, this series is pretty dead even.

It should be tied at 1.

But it’s not.

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1. Chilliwack could stand to use a little early game momentum. They’ve surrendered the game’s first goal the last four times out, winning just one of those games – last week’s game 5 against Prince George. The Chiefs have all the motivation in the world to come out strong in this one now that it’s shifted back home. As they can attest, a closeout game is the hardest to win, especially on the road. It will benefit the Chiefs to give the Eagles that kind of doubt early.

2. Mentioned this on Saturday night, but I’ll bring it up again – too many odd-man rushes for the Eagles in this series. Give Surrey credit, as their execution with those chances has been terrific, but the Chiefs can’t allow that to continue.

3. Coming into the series, I brought up players like Drew Best, Nic Pierog, Trevor Cameron, Tanner Burns, Tanner Cochrane, Brodyn Nielsen – which of that group can make the difference tonight? Trevor Hills can be one of those players, as well. Hats off to Trevor Cameron, but nobody could have seen his game 2 hat-trick coming. A Chief will have to have one of those nights (or something similar) for this series to be extended.

4. (Cliche alert!) Chilliwack’s best guys have to be their best guys. Goaltender on out. They’ve looked the better team for stretches in this series. Sixty minutes of being the better team will go a long way towards getting people around here to think about a comeback.

Last call?

I hope not.

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