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140 Or More: Chiefs/Riv’ Thoughts That Were Too Big For Tweets

Langley beat the Chiefs in overtime Friday night at Prospera, 4-3. Here’s what stuck out on an eventful night:

1. These two will meet four more times before the regular season is out, and that’s just fine with me. Lots of chippiness, bad blood, some chirping between the benches, a questionable hit or two – I’ll start there. Tanner Cochrane caught Jackson Waniek with an open ice hit in the second period with the game tied, and while it seemed okay at regular speed, it looked a bit high on the replay. Cochrane got an extra two and a ten for the argument that followed. No matter, as the Chiefs did great work to kill off the four minute powerplay, which in turn led to the Plevy-Tibbet hookup for the go-ahead marker with three seconds left in the period. Blake Gober took a game misconduct penalty late in the third, knocking Austin Azurdia from behind into the boards along the Chilliwack bench. Gober was tossed, and Azurdia smiled and winked at the Chiefs bench once he was up to one knee. Plenty of that stuff tonight, including some chirping back and forth between the two benches, particularly early in the third. Mitch McLain seemed to be in the midst of most of it, having words with a couple Chiefs.

Four more games with these two teams. It’s gonna be a zoo! And that’s fine with me.

2. Tanner Cochrane was also involved in an interesting sequence in the first period. It appeared initially that he and Mitch McLain were dropping the gloves. After a second or two, it was clear that Cochrane had not dropped his gloves, and in turn had no interest in going, as it would have been his second fight this year. Six fights means a one game suspension. Problem is, the linesman didn’t step in to seperate them. Shouldn’t have gone down that way, as McLain got in a few good shots before it ended. He ended up with the extra two.

3. As far as the actual game, give Langley credit. They were the better team tonight, and carried the play for long stretches. Chilliwack spent too much time in their own zone Friday. They would have been in a hole through 20 minutes if not for the play of Spencer Tremblay, who’s in the midst of his best stretch as a Chief.

4. The officials weren’t good tonight. On either side. Lordy. And you know me. I don’t rip officials because it’s tacky, but they had a tough day at the office Friday. Not good enough in a heated division game like this one. Stiffen up, fellas.

5. Mathieu Tibbet has eight goals in four games. That’s okay, I guess. When you’re hot, you’re hot. Good net drive on his (eventual, as the 2nd goal was later credited to him) 3rd of the night, a net drive with Austin Plevy, who made a great play in the final ten seconds going from his own blueline to the front of the net with the drag move, and then finding Tibbet on the doorstep. That goal came with three seconds on the clock in the period, and it was big at the time.

6. Tough spot for the Chiefs on the overtime winner. Mitchell Plevy was coming out of the box, and as is the custom, back to the Chilliwack bench. Due to the fact it was overtime, and 4 on 3 for an extra second or two, this allowed Ustaski to find a seam at the left side of the crease for the winner. One of those things. Good feed from Viktor Dombrovski to get it through.

7. Chilliwack did get a point out of this one, but they’ve got to be better. Too much time was spent in their own end, and turnovers cost them on the tying goal in the third period. When they did advance the puck out, there wasn’t nearly enough generated on offense. Langley gets credit there for being stingy. They dictated Friday, and eventually won. It’s why they’re the best in the division right now.

Up next: Prince George, Prospera Centre, Sunday, 5pm.

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