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Chiefs Burned By Vees Power Play In 2nd; Drop 8th Straight

Jake Hand's 2nd period goal set off the bears in a 6-3 loss

Jake Hand’s 2nd period goal set off the bears in a 6-3 loss

I’ll keep this pretty clean: It was a ton of fun for the first half of the hockey game Friday night. The Chiefs outplayed Penticton in the opening period. They outshot the Vees 18-10. They had jump. Fire. Passion. Energy. It’s a shame they went to the dressing room down 1-0 after 20 minutes.

We’ve heard stuff like that before this season, haven’t we?

Again, similar things with the boys on Friday at Prospera in a 6-3 loss to the Interior leading Vees. Another inspired little comeback – this time from 2-0 down in the 2nd. Jake Hand and Carter Cochrane scored 48 seconds apart in the period after Olivier Mantha was really solid in the opening frame. Cochrane beat Mantha with a deke to the forehand on a semi-breakaway to tie the game at two. Cochrane’s 12th goal has him 2nd on the team behind Austin Plevy – who was stopped on a breakaway by Mantha in the first period. If Mantha doesn’t make that save, maybe it doesn’t change the end result, but it would have changed the tenor early on.

Maybe. Possibly. Coulda. Woulda. Shoulda. If they just…

(I’m getting tired of writing that stuff. It’ll turn, baby. Eventually.)

Chilliwack got into some penalty trouble after the Cochrane goal, and the Vees took advantage with their league-best powerplay. Dalpe. Steen Cooper. 60 seconds apart. Boom. Deflation. The two teams would trade goals before the night was out, but that was the killer – 4-2 in a blink after a raucous comeback.

Got a look at some AP’s tonight for Chilliwack – Dennis Cholowski looked pretty good for 15 years old. The kid could probably play D with a cigarette in his mouth he’s so calm. You could see that right away. Made some smart plays, didn’t try to do too much, which is pretty much the gameplan for a kid in that situation. Josh Cronin held his own as well, threw a big hit early to get himself into it, but he did get walked by Jack Ramsey on Penticton’s 2nd goal. (Sorry for the single-out there, Josh. Chin up.)

Ben Dalpe was a star in this game, and he looked like the best Penticton forward to me. Brett Beauvais was tossed for a hit from behind in the 2nd period, and the Vees were able to grind it out with just five defenseman after that. Paul Stoykowich played a ton. Seemed like he was out there the entire game. Mantha was great the first period, setting the tone while his mates were getting outplayed.

If the Chiefs can (here it is again) start like that in Prince George on Sunday night, and carry through for three periods, they’ll snap this eight game skid. No question.

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