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Scattered Thoughts: Kings Remain Perfect On Road At Chiefs Expense

The Powell River Kings showed why they’re the best team in the BCHL at the moment, falling behind early, but turning it on late to defeat the Chiefs 8-5 Friday at Prospera.

Here’s what I’ll take:

1. As I tweeted after it happened, very pleased with the Chiefs first period tonight. The three goals helped, but the energy was there. The forecheck was there. The little things were there. It was the complete opposite of what happned against Langley last Saturday. Chilliwack jumped on the Kings right away, and leading the way was the Hand-Tibbet-Silard line. Really liked what they did to begin the game. Tibbet and Hand finished with two points each, and those three seem to play off each other real well.

As a group, the Chiefs even limited the high powered Kings to nine shots in the first period. They killed off the only penalty. You know….

(Here it comes)

…If they could just find a way to play three periods like that….

(And there it is. Heard that before this season, haven’t we?)

2. Look – You knew the Kings were going to provide an answer in the second period. This is a veteran team Kent Lewis has over there, and there’s a reason they’ve lost four games in regulation all season. Jeff Smith came on in relief for Jonah Imoo to give the Kings a boost, and when Drew Dorantes cut the Chilliwack lead to 3-2 on a shorthanded breakaway (third shorthanded goal allowed by the Chiefs in the last two games) it felt like the Kings were on their way.

Powell River would add the next two as well, until Austin Plevy was fed a hard centering pass by Zach Diamontoni in between the circles. Plevy made no mistake for his team leading 12th, and we were tied at four going to the 3rd. The teams traded goals early in the final period, including Cochrane’s second from near one of his favourite spots – the left circle – but the Kings answered with three in a row to close, and that was it.

Chilliwack had to play mistake free hockey to beat Powell River Friday night. Funny thing about mistake free hockey: Playing it is nearly impossible. While they will make mistakes, they must have the same jump Saturday night in Penticton against an ornery Vees team that’s dropped three of their last four games, including the last two at the South Okanagan Events Centre – Saturday night’s venue.

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