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To The Island: Chiefs Take On ‘Caps Saturday

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Chilliwack Chiefs (2-7-1-1, 5th in Mainland Division) VS Cowichan Capitals (8-7-0-1, 2nd in Island Division)

(Saturday October 19th, Island Savings Centre –  6:30 pregame/7pm faceoff on 89.5 The Drive)

I’ll come right out and say it – I don’t know much about this Cowichan Capitals team, but I do know that they’re a much better group than last season with a new coach in Bob Beatty, and they’ll be riding high after a 3-1 road win in Victoria Friday night which allowed them to keep second place in the Island division going into Saturday.

The Chiefs have some momentum of sorts entering Saturday’s play as well following that shutout victory in Langley that doubled (arguably) as the team’s most complete effort of the season. Three lines looked effective that night at the expense of the Rivermen, and the team will have to see much of the same if they hope to keep this going on the Island this weekend.

There are familiar catalysts with the ‘Caps this year – including Chilliwack product Rylan Bechtel. The 2nd year blueliner has seen an increased role that includes powerplay time, and has racked up six assists, playing in every game for the Capitals so far this season. Myles Powell and Steen Cooper are two players to watch up front, with Powell’s six goals leading the team. Cooper sets most of them up – he’s got 12 assists on the young season so far. Veteran goaltender Robin Gusse gets the bulk of the work in goal – he was the winner Friday night, and has accounted for all of his team’s eight victories this season.

On the other side, Chilliwack’s Josh Halpenny is riding high after his second career BCHL shutout on Wednesday, and could very well be the starter Saturday in a building where he was victorious a season ago.

Chilliwack just may have something with it’s forward lines at the moment – The trio of Austin Plevy, Ben Butcher, and Jaret Babych have contributed on the scoresheet in each of the last two, with Butcher scoring in consecutive games. ‘The Beef Line’ (Soupy Trademark) of Andrew Silard, Jake Hand, and Kyle Westeringh was very effective on the forecheck, and (cliche alert!) ‘HARD TO PLAY AGAINST’ in Langley on Wednesday. Zach Diamontoni was calm with the puck both at 5 on 5 alongside Kurt Black and Mathieu Tibbet, and on the powerplay, where he cycled along the wall with Austin Plevy. If those nine can play like they did at the LEC, they’ll be in good shape at The Big Stick.

We’ll keep an eye on special teams: Cowichan is tied with Surrey for the league lead in powerplay goals with 16. Meanwhile, their penalty kill has allowed opponents to score 16 times. I have no idea what this means. On the other side, Chilliwack is 6 for their last 31 on the PP after going 1 for their first 31 to start the year. It’s something, baby!

Certainly a big thing with the Chiefs right now has been finding consistency. I’m curious to see what will happen Saturday. Will they take the good things with them from Langley on the ferry? Or do they lose it somewhere along the line and come out flat in a tough place to play?

There’s still so much to learn about this group eleven games into the year. I’m just along for the ride, man. Happy to be here.

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