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Rivermen Pull Away In 3rd, Send Chiefs Home Empty

The Chiefs capped a weekend to forget Sunday, losing to the Langley Rivermen by a score of 4-2 at the Langley Events Centre. Chilliwack has now dropped four straight, and were unable to win the two games they had in hand over Surrey. As a result, the Chiefs remain eight points back of the Eagles for the final playoff spot in the Mainland division.

Chilliwack opened the scoring on Sunday, with Austin Plevy cashing in on a three way passing play at the side of the net. Blake Gober found the captain at the right post after Zach Diamontoni held the puck onside near the left point. The Chiefs were able to generate chances and shots on Langley ‘keeper Brock Crosswaithe, and they took the 1-0 lead to the dressing room after one period. It was a first period closer to the one the team played Friday against Powell River.

Langley got the only two goals of the second period, and both stung in their own way. Kevan Killistoff got two whacks at the puck at the tail end of a power play, and put the second shot past Josh Halpenny to tie the game 28 seconds into the second period. The two teams traded chances until Langley’s Matt Ustaski took advantage of a poor pass back to the blueline on a Chiefs powerplay, and broke in on a shorthanded breakaway. Halpenny got a piece of the shot with his blocker, but the puck floated over the shoulder for the goal – the fourth shorthanded goal the Chiefs have allowed in the last four games. That marker was a killer, and gave Langley a lead they would not squander the rest of the night.

There were three fights in this game, with Chilliwack’s Keifer McNaughton, Andrew Silard, and Shay Laurent all dropping the gloves. While all three scraps were entertaining, it was of little consolation to the Chiefs, who lost the big battle on the board for good in the third period. Victor Dombrovsky’s power play goal put Langley up by two, and then Will Cook took advantage of a poor breakout pass in the Chiefs zone, and outwaited Halpenny to slide in the fourth goal.

McNaughton added one late for the Chiefs on a 5 on 3 in the final minute. The Chiefs will get back to practice this week, and prepare for three games on the Island, beginning Friday in Powell River.

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