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Kings Invade Prospera

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Chilliwack Chiefs (7-16-1-2, 5th in Mainland Division) VS Powell River Kings (19-4-1-1, 1st in Island Division) (Friday, November 29th,  Prospera Centre –  6:30 pregame/7pm faceoff on 89.5 The Drive)

The Chiefs enter the weekend eight points back of the final playoff spot behind Surrey, with three games in hand on their rivals. The Chiefs are also entering a very difficult portion of their schedule. Powell River has cruised along this season, as you can see by their record at the top of the page. You may recall that they handled the Chiefs 6-1 back on opening night at the League Showcase.

Plenty has happened since then, but with the Kings here tonight, followed by road games in Penticton and Langley, nothing comes easy for the home side.

New Chiefs defenseman Cody Bardock will join his new teammates Friday, but it remains to be seen if he’ll play against Powell River after driving down from Trail.

“We just felt we needed to improve in that area.” Harvey Smyl said of the acquisition Thursday.

“Cody’s a big man who’s decent defensively, and has a good shot. He’s played Junior A for a number of years, so lots of experience. Certainly an area we felt needed to be addressed to make a push here before Christmas.”

As for Friday’s game, it’s clear the Chiefs need to have that focus and intensity, because they didn’t have those things against Langley. It starts there, and when you consider what the team had done before last Saturday – finding the back of the net with regularity, while shoring things up a bit in their own end – They’ll be sure to give the Island division’s best a good game. Easier said than done, of course.

Powell River is a beast because they can score, and they’re really stingy. The Kings lead the league in goal differential by a mile at +41, and boast some real talent up front in the form of Ryan Scarfo, Drew Dorantes, and Jarid Lukosevicius. Both the Kings PP and Penalty Kill ranks second in the league, including the best power play on the road.

Jeff Smith and Jonah Imoo provide a formidable tandem in goal. Smith has nine wins in ten starts as an 18 year old rookie.

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