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Home & Home Again: Chiefs In Coquitlam

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Chilliwack Chiefs (10-29-1-3, 5th in Mainland Division) VS Coquitlam Express (19-18-1-3, 3rd in Mainland Division) (Friday, January 17th, Poirier Sports & Leisure Complex –  6:30 pregame/7pm faceoff on 89.5 The Drive)

Tonight marks the first of four meetings between the two divison rivals in the season’s final six weeks. Chilliwack and Coquitlam have split the season series thus far (2-2) with both teams earning a split in the other’s building. Chilliwack defeated the Express 4-3 in Coquitlam back on October 27th.

You know the challenge for the Chiefs by now – just win games. The team is still not out of it for the final playoff spot in the division, sitting 12 points back of the Eagles (who, like the Chiefs, have done some selling at the deadline, and have lost four games in a row) but they must begin to help their own cause.

Coquitlam has a firm six point hold on the third playoff spot, and are coming off a 7-3 victory over Surrey on home ice Wednesday night. Coquitlam has been oddly pedestrian at home this season, sitting two games under .500.

This game may be a tale of two offenses: Chilliwack’s has dried up the last couple weeks, as they’ve been shut out in two of their last three. Their only output from last week was two in a loss to Langley. Generating second and third chances has been the sticking point for the Chiefs in the offensive end, and they can draw on past success against this Express team – a six spot the last time out in a lopsided victory.

There should be some open ice in this game, as Barry Wolf’s club is not afraid to push the pace. The Express boast plenty of skill upfront, including three 20 plus goal scorers – Ryan Rosenthal, Cannon Pieper, and Corey Mackin. Two more are on the verge of that plateau in Joey Santucci and Bo Pieper, and you can’t forget about Adam Rockwood, one of the premier playmakers in the league with 46 assists.

The Chiefs will have to be stiff defensively. They’ll need to committ to that, and not let the Express turn the game into a track meet, as tempting as it might be to trade chances and odd-man rushes all night. These post-deadline Chiefs look a little different now, so it will serve them better to get a little greasy on the road en route to their first win in the calendar year.

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