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Rivalry Renwed: Eagles In Town

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Chilliwack Chiefs (2-9-1-2, 5th in Mainland Division) VS Surrey Eagles (7-8-1-0, 4th in Mainland Division)

(Saturday October 26th, Prospera Centre –  6:30 pregame/7pm faceoff on 89.5 The Drive)

Sure, the two teams are 4/5 in the division going into this game, but that doesn’t matter. There’s still a rivalry there, man. There’s familar faces, too. Surrey Captain Brett Mulcahy is still in the fold, along with noted pain-in-the-butt Colton Mackie, and key playoff performer Nic Pierog. Pierog and Mulcahy are leading the Eagles in scoring so far this year, and are helped along by newcomer Jonah Renouf, with six goals and 17 points of his own. Players like Shay Laurent, Austin Plevy, Eric Roberts, Mathieu Tibbet, and Jaret Babych all know what it means when Surrey comes to visit. It doesn’t matter that they’ve won twice in fourteen games.

I liked how the Chiefs played on Friday night. One of the main focuses offensively for this team has been trying to generate 2nd and 3rd chances. Chilliwack had a few against Cowichan. They made ‘Caps goaltender Robin Gusse work. Gusse came to work though, and shut the Chiefs down in the 3rd period when they were really pressing for the tying goal. They’ll be in good shape tonight if they can generate the same things.

Blake Gober was moved up to the first line on Friday night with Austin Plevy and Zach Diamontoni after spending a couple weeks on the fourth line/out of the lineup. He responded last night with his best game in a Chief uniform. He could have had a couple goals, and was dangerous for stretches. That whole line was good, but the emergence of Gober was a great sign moving forward.

Finally saw the first Cowichan goal on tape after newcomer Quentin McShane opened the scoring last night: The Capitals got a great bounce on a shoot in from the red line off the faceoff, Dane Gibson made a good pass to Myles Powell, who beat everyone down the ice, and deked Lyndon Stanwood for the goal. Eight seconds. That’s how long the Chiefs held a lead last night. I was just trying to figure out how that happened in eight seconds. Turned out it was pretty straightforward.

Surrey’s starting to turn it around a bit after losing five straight games – They’ve gone unbeaten in three with new head coach Peter Schaefer, and a host of new players – only Mulcahy, Pierog, and Mackie remain. Also – former Chief Garrett Forster is expected to be in the lineup for his fourth game as an Eagle – wearing #96

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