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Three Day Weekend: Capitals Pay A Visit

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Chilliwack Chiefs (2-7-1-2, 5th in Mainland Division) VS Cowichan Capitals (9-8-0-1, 2nd in Island Division)

(Friday October 25th, Prospera Centre –  6:30 pregame/7pm faceoff on 89.5 The Drive)

Three things real quick:

1. I’m not sure when you can officially stop using the phrase “Well….It’s still early” but I think we’ve reached that point for the Chilliwack Chiefs. This is an important stretch coming up for the hockey club – Seven games in the next ten days, including five of those seven games at home. This would be a time for a team to make some hay in the standings by taking advantage of a little home cooking. The caveat here is that the Chiefs have yet to win on home ice this season – their most recent home game was the ‘Coulda Woulda Shoulda’ collapse against Vernon back on October 12th when they surrendered the three goal third period lead in the last six minutes.

Road teams can’t go into Prospera thinking ‘Two points’ anymore. The Chiefs have to re-establish their building as a tough place to play, and with five of the next seven at home, they can do that starting tonight.

2. Part of re-establishing the building is getting off to a fast start. Establishing the forecheck, being tough to play against along the wall, getting pucks deep, and all that other cliched coach-speak stuff. A few times this year the Chiefs have fallen behind the eight-ball early on the road. That sense of ‘Here we go’ can set in for the road team when the home side scores one or two in the first period. Only five times this season in 13 games have the Chiefs scored first. I think it would help this club tremendously to do everything they can to take an early lead – and hang on to it for awhile. Confidence breeds confidence.

3. I’m going to steal a Soupy line here: All hands on deck. – For this team to win, they need everybody going. Everybody. No passengers. These kids have worked their tails off this season, and as cynical as I can be in this space sometimes, I do feel bad for the boys when they don’t get the results they’re looking for. As an athlete at a level like this one, eventually you get tired of losing. I know it’s frustrating for these guys, and eventually they’ll all decide – Enough.

I hope it begins tonight. You don’t make the playoffs in October/November (if this league actually ever decides on a playoff format) but you can miss them. Fourteen big points available over a small ten day stretch. Let’s hope the boys can take advantage here. It’s time.

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