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A Couple Three Things: Chiefs Knock Off Eagles

A five game losing skid came to an end for the Chiefs Saturday night at home, as the team put forth a solid effort, defeating Surrey 6-4. Here’s what stuck out for me:

1. Austin Plevy’s on fire. That much we know, but his best play (and there were a few) from Saturday was on the eventual winning goal in the third period: Plevy races to the puck in the left corner of the Surrey zone to negate a whistle, fends off the defenseman in carrying the puck around the net, and throws it in front. That first pass was blocked, so he quickly did so again, finding Zach Diamontoni on the door step for the finish. I filed that sequence into my imaginary PLAYS THAT WIN GAMES folder.

As a line, Plevy, Diamontoni, and Blake Gober look more and more dangerous. Those three connected beautifully on a powerplay that finished with Gober’s third of the year and second in as many nights. It also chased Surrey goaltender Devon Fordyce from the net.

2. THAT OFFENSE, THO!

Hey – remember at the beginning of the year when the fans of this team would wonder if the boys would score a couple goals to give themselves a chance? That’s out the window now, as the team has exploded – 17 goals for in three games. It’s too bad that only one of those games were victories, but as I’ve said, that was due to……

3. DEFENSE!

I mean, the Chiefs weren’t the mid-90’s New Jersey Devils out there or anything, but they were better on this night in their own zone. Surrey’s Renouf brothers, Jonah and Nathan, looked like the freaking Sedin twins on Friday night. On Saturday they were simply the Renoufs. Still dangerous to be sure, but not world beaters. They did make one great play to set up Brett Mulcahy for a goal in the second period, but it came on a powerplay.

Speaking of that Mulcahy powerplay goal, Chilliwack wiped it out in a blink – Jaret Babych off the rush just twenty seconds later for his fourth of the year over the shoulder of Bo Didur. That was big at the time.

Surrey would tie the game in the third period. Nic Pierog made a heck of a play for the Eagles right off the opening faceoff. His shot off the rush went over the net, off the glass, and fell towards the front of the goal, where Pierog – instead of turning to go the corner or something like so many guys would – continued to the net and batted it in out of the air. Kudos to the Chiefs for not giving in after allowing that one 15 seconds into the third. They killed off three consecutive penalties, including a 5 on 3. And while Danton Heinen took advantage of a Chilliwack failure to clear for the tying goal – That simply set the stage for a great play from Plevy for the game winner.

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