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Island Emptiness: ‘Dogs hand Chiefs Seventh Straight Defeat

The dreary winter continued for the Chiefs on Sunday, as the Alberni Valley Bulldogs broke a 1-1 tie in the 2nd with two quick goals, eventually pulling away for a 7-2 victory. The loss for the Chiefs is the team’s seventh straight. More importantly, they have squandered all three games in hand they had on the Surrey Eagles, remaining ten points out of a playoff spot.

The first period of this game was quite entertaining from the standpoint of both teams. Plenty of speed through the neutral zone, with quick counter-attacks by both teams. Mathieu Tibbet was stopped on a shorthanded breakaway in the opening period, but he also finished off a 2 on 1 from Austin Plevy for the first Chiefs’ goal. The crowd was into it, and the atmosphere was terrific. You know – the complete opposite of a Nanaimo Clippers home game in every way. (It was DEAD in there on Saturday night, man. The teams felt it too. Not so on Sunday.)

Both teams were at the bottom of their divisions respectively, but you wouldn’t have guessed it on Sunday. Chippy play and plenty of post-whistle theatrics on the afternoon, something I didn’t totally expect, but I think the snooze-fest in Nanaimo melted by brain a little.

Yeah. That’s it.

After the Bulldogs had scored a pair to make it 3-1 late in the second period, Tibbet was suckered in scrum by (I can’t totally recall – I think it was Darian Henry. If it wasn’t, my apologies, Darian.) Darian Henry. Oddly, the Chiefs ended up with the extra penalty out of the melee that ensued, including Tibbet for unsportsmanlike conduct. The Bulldogs responded to that by scoring a power play goal in the opening minute of the third period to go up 4-1. Ballgame at that point. Tough way for it to happen, too.

Tryg Strand and Hunter Stewart were both quiet for the ‘Dogs Sunday, but that didn’t matter, as Justin Georgeson, Mitch Makin, and Kurt Gosselin were their three best players. Defenseman Gosselin scored twice, opening the scoring, and adding another on a 4 on 3 power play in the 3rd. He was allowed to tee one up from the right circle that had Halpenny beat all the way.

Credit the ‘Dogs on the win. They are now just two points out of a playoff spot with that victory. It didn’t totally feel like a 7-2 game, but there’s not much time left for any type of moral victory in Chilliwack. It’s disheartening knowing the boys failed to gain any ground on Surrey, dropping all three games in hand they held on the Eagles just one week ago. The offence has dried up a little as well, with just three goals to show for on the weekend.

On to the next one, though. And in the case of the Chiefs, another three game in three night trek. Penticton visits on Friday night (Teddy Bear/Toque Toss Night!) followed by a trip to Prince George for games Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon.

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