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Dub. The First.

A night of a few firsts for the Chilliwack Chiefs in Prince George – Carter Cochrane with his first BCHL goal, Zach Diamontoni with his first BCHL point, Lyndon Stanwood with his first win as a Chilliwack Chief, and the Chiefs first victory of the 2013/2014 season – a 2-1 overtime triumph over the Prince George Spruce Kings.

Last week, in my impromptu list of ‘returning veterans’ on this year’s team, I forgot to include Kiefer McNaughton – I felt like a dope. He busted my chops. It was funny.

It was tough to miss him Saturday, as the veteran blueliner scored the winner 55 seconds into overtime, and added an assist on the Cochrane goal – both defenseman jumped into the rush on a delayed penalty, and after Alex Murray made the save, Cochrane was able to jam it in at the left of the crease – for another first – the Chiefs first lead of the season.

Some other things:

  1. Lyndon Stanwood: Not a returning veteran, but a veteran all the same, and he played like one between the pipes on Saturday. Solid saves and sound play throughout. Chilliwack was still heavily outshot for most of this one, but it didn’t matter on this night with Stanwood back there. Deserving of the first star tonight after a 42 save performance (With a nod to McNaughton, who was probably robbed of a star selection on Saturday.)
  2. Chilliwack could have had a little more run support for their goaltender – Jaret Babych rang one off the crossbar, Austin Plevy had a couple pucks cleared off the goal line at the last moment, and couldn’t get the puck to settle down on a breakaway in the 2nd. Some bad puck luck for the Chiefs tonight, but they found a way anyways.
  3. I liked Austin Plevy’s game. Determined. Jordan Kawaguchi was on his line with Babych for the first two periods, and they both looked good. Kurt Black got some time with the Plevy/Babych tandem in the third period and played well.
  4. Powerplay went 0-fer again. If the puck rolled a couple more inches once or twice, I wouldn’t bring it up. But there’s a few things to work on with this group moving forward.
  5. They’ll have plenty of time – they don’t play again until the 28th of September against Prince George. Maybe some more time to bond as a group as well. Although wins are the best for that kind of thing.
  6. Dave Dupas getting tossed in the third period, presumably unhappy with the Chiefs getting four powerplays in the third period, followed by a missed call on one of his guys. Both coaches were tossed this weekend. Strange symmetry.
  7. A win against a divisional opponent. Those add up at the end of the year. Even the three pointers. Until the 28th….
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