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All In For One: Vees Visit on Teddy Bear Toss Night

As you may have heard, the Chiefs are playing just one game this weekend now. The two games scheduled for Prince George Saturday and Sunday were postponed Thursday night due to an incredible amount of snow (even for up there) and some civic labour unrest – The City of Prince George is going on strike Saturday night, and with no employees to make things run smoothly at the Prince George Coliseum, I can only assume things would have escalated quickly into COMPLETE ANARCHY.

…Maybe not.

But just one game now, and it’s BIG, man. Penticton’s here. Always meaningful. And it’s Teddy Bear/Toque Toss Night! So without further ado:


Chilliwack Chiefs (7-22-1-2, 5th in Mainland Division) VS Penticton Vees (21-7-1-3, 1st in Interior Division) (Friday, December 13th,  Prospera Centre –  6:30 pregame/7pm faceoff on 89.5 The Drive)

Losing stinks. It’s no fun. It’s unfortunate the Chiefs have been doing that lately, to the tune of seven in a row. The players have the advantage over me, though. They can do something about it. I can only talk about it like the critic I am. Harvey Smyl mentioned to me yesterday that it’s about the positives you can take out of losses during a stretch like this, and applying it to the next time out.

Throughout the year, the Chiefs have always put together stretches where you say to yourself – ‘Man, if they could just do this for sixty, or even 55, they would be in a better spot right now.’ – Case in point: Down 3-0 to the Vees on November 30th in a building where just about nobody wins ever, the boys erased that 3-0 lead in the 2nd period. There was fire. There was passion. There was energy. It was an inspiring stretch of hockey.  Then Vees Captain Brad McClure did Brad McClure things and that was it.

Penticton put up nine the last time out against them, so it stands to reason the Chiefs must be more physical with their opponent tonight. Also, as boring as it sounds, (pardon the pun on Teddy Bear Toss Night) Chilliwack needs to bear down offensively. The goals have dried up over the last little bit, which means you’re going to be working that much harder for your chances. When the chances come, they need to be buried.

The Chiefs will have some new faces in the lineup tonight: On D,  Josh Cronin (’95 – 20 points in 26 games with the PIJHL’s Aldergrove Kodiaks) will make an appearance on the blueline tonight, along with Dennis Cholowski. (Prince George Cougars draft pick, 15 (!) years old)

Up front, Kohen Olischefski will get some time. (Abbotsford product, Captain of his bantam team, also just 15 years old)

The Other Guys: The Vees come in here rollin’, winners of five straight, and it was against the Chiefs a couple weeks ago when they began that roll. 14 players finished with at least a point thanks to the nine spot they put up that night. This also begins a three game weekend set for the Vees – they’ll head to the Island tomorrow.

Penticton Captain Brad McClure is certainly at the top of the ‘Player To Watch’ list on this side. McClure sits four points (48) back of Salmon Arm’s Landon Smith for the league lead in that category, and just one goal (26) behind Smith as well. McClure is known for his timely scoring, bagging the go-ahead goal back on November 30th after the Chiefs had come back from 3-0 down to tie that game in the 2nd period. He finished with two that night.

But it’s not just McClure. Ben Dalpe is working on a seven game point streak. Brett Beauvais has given Penticton a ton from the blueline, with an astounding 34 assists and 42 points. Even the recently acquired Steen Cooper has fit right in, with four points in four games as a Vee. This team boasts plenty of speed, skill, and toughness. And they’re certainly playing like a group that exhibits all those things on a nightly basis.

For what it’s worth, the seven-win Smoke Eaters played the Vees tough on Wednesday night in Penticton. With only one game on the docket for this weekend, it’s up to the Chiefs to make this one count.

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