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Chiefs Make It Two In A Row In Surrey

The Chiefs began the back half of their season knowing they’d have to start winning some games to make any type of playoff push.

Saturday night was a great start, beating the team they’re chasing in the process, winning in Surrey 5-3. Here’s what I’ll take away:

Gotta hand it to Spencer Tremblay early on. He’s struggled in the last month, some of which hasn’t been his fault, but he made some big saves to calm his teammates. Tremblay certainly earned his first victory since November 22nd in West Kelowna. If not for him, the Chiefs would have emerged from the first period down more than just 1-0.

Give the players in front of Tremblay credit for chipping away while down after one. Jaret Babych got it started with his 2nd goal in as many nights early in the period. Some justice there for the Chiefs, as Austin Plevy hit a post on the game’s first shift.

(In fact, both teams hit three posts apiece tonight. Funny how that works.)

Kurt Black made a nice play on the doorstep 1:46 later, and the Chiefs were on their way after that. Blake Gober’s effort for the third goal was just as nice. He’s got goals in consecutive games, and four against Surrey this season.

Tanner Cochrane threw down with Surrey’s Colton Mackie. It was entertaining. And feisty. Tanner had a big smile on his face skating to the penalty box. He added a goal later as well – one assist shy of the Gordie Howe hat-trick.

Austin Plevy – four games against Surrey this season – 5 goals, 5 assists. That certainly helps.

Also helping was the return of Eric Roberts to the lineup. After going shorthanded on the blueline before Christmas, it was nice to see Roberts back out there. Surrey was limited to 31 shots, and the grade A chances were held to a minimum. A much better defensive effort from Chilliwack tonight.

Odd sequence late in the game – Surrey had the goalie pulled down 5-3 with 90 seconds left. The clock didn’t start for at least 30 seconds after a faceoff – and nobody noticed, except me. After all that – only two seconds came off, meaning the Chiefs probably killed off an extra 40 seconds to ice the game. Sometimes you gotta beat the timekeepers too.

The Chiefs can’t get happy with themselves here. They’ve got to go on a bit of a run if they want to catch the Eagles for that final playoff spot. The gap is 12 right now. It can be down to ten after Sunday as the Eagles hit Prospera for the rubber match. With some frustration spilling over at the buzzer, Sunday should be a good time out at the rink.

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