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A Couple Three Things: Chiefs Snap Skid, Blank Langley

Maybe a few more things than 3. We’ll see where this goes after the Chiefs knocked off the Langley Rivermen 3-0 on Wednesday night at the LEC.

1. I should start with Josh Halpenny here, who was the game’s first star. The local boy made 26 saves for his second career BCHL shutout. His breakaway save on Langley captain Mitch McLain was by far the biggest of the night – It kept the score at 2-0 halfway through the second period. Josh has had a tough start to the year thus far – Gets pumped by Powell River on opening night, and then doesn’t see the crease again for three weeks. When he did come back in, the Coquitlam Express chased him after six shots in the first period a couple weeks ago. For him to come back tonight and shut out the hottest team in the league on the road? How can you not build a little confidence from that? Halpenny’s an even keel guy, but you know he’s fired up about this one. I’m happy for him. It was a sound performance. He gave his guys a chance. Plus, his parents were in the house. That was cool.

2. Really liked Zach Diamontoni’s game on Wednesday. Thought it was his best in a Chiefs uniform thus far quite frankly. Yes, he did finish with a goal and an assist – but he carried the puck with confidence all night, and made a really nice play on the Chiefs second goal – buying time and feeding Carter Cochrane at the right circle for the finish. Diamontoni was the game’s third star.

3. The game’s second star? Ben Butcher, who played once again with Austin Plevy and Jaret Babych. In his return to Langley, he scored the opening goal in a win over the team that traded him in the offseason. Good night for him all around.

4. Soupy named the line of Jake Hand, Andrew Silard, and Kyle Westeringh ‘The Beef Line’. I have no idea how long that will stick, or how long those three will play together, but if they continue to do what they did Wednesday – be strong on the puck in the O-zone, and a pain to play against along the walls and on the forecheck – maybe ‘The Beef Line’ will have some legs moving forward. Maybe.

5. A few moments where Langley would react out of frustration after an offside call, and struggle with breakouts – You know, things the Chiefs had trouble with early in the season. Funny how that stuff works.

6. Langley was undisciplined in the 3rd period. If they didn’t spend so much time in the box, they would have given themselves a better chance to cut into the 2 goal lead. Austin (The Mayor) Azurdia took a couple extra strides to plant Kurt Black behind the Langley net – with his forearms, and not his shoulder, popping Black’s helmet off, and knocking him off his feet.

NOW, Kurt Black is kiiiind of annoying to play against, and he did put a hit on Nathan Craft that led to a boarding penalty early in the third, but if a guy like Azurdia – who wears an A, mind you – is taking a blow to the head penalty like that? That’s a problem moving forward for Langley. Chilliwack had nine powerplays, and while they only scored on one of them – they were happy to have them.  Two of those powerplays came in the final four minutes, essentially ending the game for the Rivermen. Not characteristic of a team that had won six in a row.

7. Also not characteristic of a team that had won six in a row – There was nobody in the building. It was Blue Seat Night, man. The Rivermen had won six straight! Stand up, Township of Langley hockey fans. No wonder they took all those 3rd period penalties.

8. Chilliwack’s blue line really stiffened up. Made things smooth for their goaltender. The McLain breakaway really stood out, because it was the only true quality chance they surrendered all night.

Now we’ll see what this team can do with a little Mo’. Cowichan on Saturday, and Victoria Sunday afternoon before returning home on October 25th.

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