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Post-Derailment: Thoughts On A Convincing Win

So, uh…Remember when this team couldn’t score at all at the beginning of the season?

I do. Those lean times offensively might officially be in the rearview mirror now, as this team has suddenly scored 26 times in five games – including 6 on Saturday night – as they ended the weekend on a high note with a victory over division rival Coquitlam. Here’s what stood out for this guy on Saturday:

1. There were a few catalysts for the Chiefs in this game, but I’ll start with Carter Cochrane. He’s been pretty fearless with the puck offensively for a rookie defenseman in this league, and he’s got the potential to put up some big numbers moving forward. His numbers Saturday – 1 goal, 3 assists – began with a 3 on 1 keeper on a powerplay as he beat Pierce Dushenko five hole. That was a big goal at the time as the game was still very much in doubt. Gave the Chiefs a little extra breathing room. His pass to spring Kyle Westeringh on a breakaway for the 5-1 goal at the end of the 2nd was well executed. That was the play that put the game away.

2. Nice finish by Westeringh, who was also credited with the sixth and final goal in this effort. Suddenly the local kid has 3 in his last 2 after going scoreless in his first 22. Speaking of local products, Brock Padgham made his Chiefs debut Saturday in place of Quentin McShane. While Brock didn’t get a ton of ice time (as expected) he made the most of his opportunity playing alongside Shay Laurent. Soupy noted that, as Padgham got some late powerplay time in the third – he wanted the puck. Was calling for it. That’s a good sign. Padgham has appeared in 13 games with the Mission City Outlaws of the PIJHL this season.

3. Spencer Tremblay was steady in goal for the Chiefs, winning his first game in his second consecutive start. He faced a high volume of pucks – Coquitlam got 45 shots on net – but the Chilliwack blueliners did a good job in allowing Tremblay to see the puck, and he tracked it well when there were bodies in front. Rockwood, Mackin, the Piepers – They were kept to the outside for the most part, and didn’t generate very many quality chances at all.

This win was important for the Chiefs. After Harvey Smyl said in the pregame that his team couldn’t keep falling behind early in games, it was nice to see Chilliwack turning the tables for the early jump-out. Eric Roberts got it started with a shot from the point in the first – Just his second career BCHL goal by the way – and Mathieu Tibbet continued his steady play with the second goal, and Austin Plevy continued his torrid pace with another three point night – that’s 12 in his last five games.

Surrey defeated Prince George Saturday, so the gap between the 4th place Eagles and Chilliwack is still six points. Tough test coming up next weekend with a trip to West Kelowna, and a home matchup to follow against the Langley Rivermen.

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