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Train Tracks: Chiefs Begin Weekend Set V. Express

Friday night's stage in Coquitlam

Friday night’s stage in Coquitlam

Chilliwack Chiefs (1-4-1-0, 5th in Mainland Division) VS Coquitlam Express (3-2-0-2, 4th in Mainland Division)

(Friday October 4th, Poirier Sports & Leisure Complex –  6:30 pregame/7 pm faceoff on 89.5 The Drive)

The Chilliwack Chiefs continue to search for their 2nd victory – and the first in regulation time – of the season Friday evening in Coquitlam against the division rival Express. (Poirier Sports & Leisure Centre, 7pm)

A lack of goal scoring has been well documented to this point through six games for Chilliwack, with just eight. Perhaps Friday is the day where the narrative can turn a little bit – They’re facing a Coquitlam squad dealing with their own frustrations – three straight one goal losses on home ice, all to division opponents.

Coquitlam is led by new Coach Barry Wolff, who served as an assistant coach under Harvey Smyl in Langley. Wolff has inherited a club that’s undergone plenty of change as well – only six players remain from last year’s team, including leading scorer Adam Rockwood. The veteran playmaker has been just that, with 12 assists in his first seven games. Marc Biega and Cal Hofford are back on the blueline, along with former Chief Ben Israel, who was sent to the Express in the Phil Zielonka trade last spring.

There’s nothing wrong with moral victories early in the season, but the Chiefs need to start seeing some results. If they can put together the type of first period they had Sunday against Salmon Arm – dictating the tempo, bringing energy on the forecheck, and getting pucks to the net – they’ll have a chance to be more succesful. It’ll start with Austin Plevy, their Captain and emotional leader, and trickle on down. Plevy has not scored yet this season after 30 last year, but he’s had his chances, and is close to breaking out.

Blake Gober and Jake Hand, two new forwards who will be counted on to produce, were healthy scratches on Sunday, and should be motivated to come out strong on the weekend given their next opportunities. Both have yet to find the back of the net, while combining for just one assist between the two of them in Chilliwack colours.

I’d love to continue to sit here like a supportive hockey parent and say ‘They just need to keep chipping away!’ (Which is true.) but finish is finish. They need more of it. No other way to slice it.

One bright spot has been the play of Lyndon Stanwood in goal – He’s given the Chiefs an outright chance to win in three of his last four starts – although coaches have admitted his rebound control could be a little tighter. He’ll be in the fold this weekend to be sure.

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