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140 Or More: Chiefs Get Blanked/Rush Traded

I’m trying to think of a word better than ‘interesting’ to describe Sunday, because using the word ‘interesting’ seems lazy to me.

Sunday was…unusual. Here’s some thoughts that were too big for tweets:

– The Chiefs announced three hours before the game that Cooper Rush had been traded to….that night’s opponent, the Spruce Kings, for fellow defenseman Caleb Thompson. All the legalities/approvals were made, and the two players made their debuts for their new clubs against one another three hours later. Not something that happens very often, obviously.

-Rush was a little late to join his new mates for the warmup before the game, and it was funny, because I was looking down towards the ice to see what number he’d wear, Cam was down at ice level waiting for him to emerge with his new colours, and even some of the Chiefs were mulled around centre ice looking down at the other end for a moment, waiting for their now ex-teammate to come strolling out, which he eventually did wearing the number 4. The whole thing reminded me of this:

 

As far as Cooper is concerned, he gets a fresh start with a team competing for a division title, and Caleb Thompson gets more of a role here than he had in Prince George. And I’ll say this for Caleb: He looked pretty good out there tonight. Got some pucks through, made some good plays, and was all-around steady. Good to see.

Rush actually left the game in the second period with an injury and didn’t return.

– NOW, it was unfortunate the Chiefs weren’t able to take advantage of a tired Prince George group on Sunday. The Spruce Kings had come over from Alberni Valley the night before, where they had lost 5-2 to the ‘Dogs, a game that followed a loss in Powell River the night before. Chilliwack had the night off Saturday, and should have (you would think) jumped on the Spruce Kings right away.

– Instead, the Spruce Kings did the jumping. A turnover led to a Justin Rai point blank chance and goal 16 seconds in, and Brent Lashuk followed with one ten seconds later off the ensuing faceoff. Two goals against, and the game was 26 seconds old. Suddenly Josh Halpenny was coming in for Spencer Tremblay.

…The hell just happened? I thought. I nearly missed the second goal. Nutty start, and an awful one from a Chilliwack standpoint.

– Josh Halpenny played a shade under 60 minutes of ‘relief’ hockey in this one, and was a bright spot in his first action since December 21st. Prince George outshot the Chiefs 40-22 after taking the early 2-0 lead, and would only add one more: a redirect by Bryant Christian in the 2nd period. Halpenny earned a star selection.

– Credit the Spruce Kings at the end of a long road trip. They got their lead early, and really slowed down the pace after that. This game was a snoozer, and that was just fine with the Spruce Kings. There were two or three good chances for the Chiefs in this game, but not enough to get back in it. They were outshot 21-4 in the third period.

– Daniel Delbianco made his Chiefs debut on the blueline as an AP. Austin Plevy was a late scratch in this one as well. Langley is the opponent next weekend, with a home and home series beginning Friday at the LEC.

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