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Chiefs/Grizz Postgame: Quick Hits Following A Loss

Here’s the nuts and bolts piece I wrote for MyChilliwackNews.com. Read if you wish.

Here’s what stuck out for me following a 4-3 Grizzlies victory at Prospera Centre on Friday night:

1. Victoria’s three goals to open it up in the first period came in a 2:57 span. If you take away that span, along with a pair of long floating wristers that I’m sure new ‘tender Spencer Tremblay would like to have back, the Chiefs are in pretty good shape. They’re also in pretty good shape if Tremblay’s counterpart Alec Dillon wasn’t really good in the 2nd period, denying some quality Chilliwack scoring chances.

The Chiefs also had a couple good ones in the first off the same setup – Diamontoni to Plevy, to Gober in front. Twice. One post, and one nice save from Alec Dillon. He also denied a pair of Mathieu Tibbet net drives in the 2nd period – although he didn’t deny Tibbet on a pair of net drives in the 3rd. More on that in a second.

I know with the Chiefs’ record now (5-15-1-2, officially the worst on the circuit) it’s easy for me to sit here and hit you with ‘Oh, well, if they just did THIS, and if THIS bounces a different way….Maybe they win.”

It’s easy for me to hit you with that. But some nights, it’s true. This was one of those nights. I quite liked the effort in the second period, and the last half of the 3rd. But teams that are young and maybe don’t have as much skill can’t play for 30 minutes. They have to play for 60. And they know that.

2. Kiefer McNaughton coming to Carter Cochrane’s defense, dropping the gloves (or, given he was assesed an instigator, forcing the dropping of the gloves) with Victoria’s Reece Costain. Costain caught Cochrane with a big hit deep in the Chilliwack zone, and it looked like the shoulder came up a little high. While Cochrane turned out to be okay, Kiefer told Soupy after the second period he felt the hit was a little high, so he adhered to THE CODE, MAN. Good scrap, too. Simultaneous right crosses all over the place. That was fun.

3. Nod to Chilliwack’s own Kyle Westeringh on his first career BCHL goal – a rather unsightly scramble in front that gave the Chiefs some life at 3-1 in the second. It’ll look like an end-to-end rush in ten years, though.

4. Former Chief Garrett Forster would score the eventual GWG for the Grizzlies tonight. Forster got some powerplay time in this game, and beat Tremblay with a good shot high to the glove side early in the 3rd. I didn’t even realize until Friday morning that Forster had moved from Surrey to Victoria. He’s played on (by my count) five different teams at two different levels already this season, so that one goal Friday probably had to feel pretty good. Sports are funny sometimes.

5. Getting back to the Chiefs, the last half of the 3rd was inspiring. Mathieu Tibbet led the way, getting it started with a good net drive and finish. While he didn’t score on his next foray, Andrew Silard made the heads up play to follow up and put in the rebound to give the boys a chance with three minutes left.

They even got a couple good looks in the dying moments with Tremblay out for the extra skater. Dillon made a couple good saves on Plevy, and that was all.

Up next is a confident Coquitlam team coming off a big win over Langley Friday. It doesn’t get any easier at home on Saturday night.

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