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Chiefs Knock Off Eagles For First Home Win

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Just a few things. Quick turnaround for the fellas as they face Coquitlam on the road at 2pm on Sunday….

1. Josh Halpenny’s save off Brett Mulcahy in the slot from point blank range with just over a minute left to preserve the win will stick out for me. Great save from the local kid with the game on the line. You need saves like that sometimes to win hockey games late, and for this team, with wins hard to come by early on….that was important. Just as important as Austin Plevy’s shorthanded breakaway goal to take the lead halfway through the final period.

2. Blake Gober had a finger broken Friday night, and spent alot of that night waiting in ER to get it patched up. He played on the top line again Saturday night, and scored his first career BCHL goal with his parents in attendance from Colleyville, Texas. Nice story there. Gober battled hard – he, Plevy, and Zach Diamontoni were strong again. Diamontoni is tough to deal with down low, He protects the puck very well – almost overnight. You forget sometimes that the new guys need time to adjust when they make the jump to this league. You can file Zach in that category, and Gober as well. It adds a couple of intriguing wrinkles moving forward.

3. T.J Roche has had a decent weekend thus far. I haven’t noticed him out there – the ultimate compliment for any defenseman. Speaking of blueliners – Carter Cochrane scored again Saturday – his team leading fifth. All due respect to Carter – I think it’s the sign of a team that’s struggling when a defenseman is leading the way in goals. Need the forwards to produce a little bit more than they have, but it will get there.

Overall, the last two games from an entertainment value have been terrific. You can throw the Cowichan game from last weekend in there, too. That’s important after the general tenor with this team earlier in the year. It’s a better, improving, harder working product than a month ago, no question about it. Since the Vernon collapse, there’s only one game in the last four you can throw out the window – the Victoria game. That’s a good thing.

Two more big divisional tilts looming with Coquitlam and Langley Sunday and Wednesday. If you’re going to make hay, may as well do it against Mainland opponents.

You know, like the Chiefs did on Saturday.

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