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Battle For A Point: Chiefs Tie Vipers

It was a better effort on Sunday evening for the Chilliwack Chiefs, battling to the end in a 1-1 tie with the Vernon Vipers on Sunday night. While only a single point was awarded for both sides, it felt like a win for the Chiefs.

After allowing the game’s first goal on an unfortunate bounce – Vernon’s Demico Hannoun had an open net to shoot at after a point shot bounced off a Chief defender in the slot right onto Hannoun’s tape – Chilliwack kept at it, getting timely saves from Lyndon Stanwood, until rookie Kurt Black – a healthy scratch the night before – put a shot over the glove hand of Austin Smith into the net for the Chiefs’ lone marker of the game.

Chilliwack was also better defensively on this night in front of their veteran goaltender Stanwood. The North Van kid made 42 saves in his first start as a Chief, erasing some of the frustrations from the preseason, where he had struggled.

The line of Jordan Kawaguchi, Cole Sartorio, and Kurt Black provided the Chiefs with some much needed energy when it was needed in the third period, cresting with the goal from Black, his first in the BCHL. Kawaguchi had key chances as well, and Sartorio played his role, mixing it up and being physical.

Overtime was wide open, with the Vipers carrying the play a little more in the extra session. Austin Smith robbed Chilliwack’s Carter Cochrane with ten seconds left in the first overtime after Cochrane had been left alone in front of the net. Stanwood answered back with a handful of no-rebound saves in the overtime as well.

Stanwood was named the game’s first star, with Vernon’s Hannoun, and the Chiefs’ Jaret Babych 2 and 3 respectively.

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1. Good for Lyndon Stanwood to put on a steady show after a tough going in the preseason. He’s a veteran guy who will be asked to have nights like that every so often. That should give him some much needed confidence moving forward. A good night, and deserving of the first star with some nice saves late. His lateral movement and quick hands that make him effective were on display as well.

2. Again, that group of Black, Kawaguchi, and Sartorio were buzzing at times. Nice to see.

3. Chilliwack still struggled at times to clear the zone, and zone breakouts were frustrating at certain points, but that stuff will come with time.

4. Demico Hannoun may not be in Surrey anymore, but he’s still dangerous. He and Austin Plevy mixed it up verbally Sunday night, and even threw in a crosscheck for good measure. Rivalries are rivalries.

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