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Chiefs/Riv’ Again

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Chilliwack Chiefs (10-31-1-3, 5th in Mainland Division) VS Langley Rivermen (28-12-1-5, 1st in Mainland Division) (Friday, January 24th, Langley Events Centre –  6:45 pregame/7:15 pm faceoff on 89.5 The Drive)

I’ll make this quick, because these two teams have faced each other (what seems like) 27 times in the last three weeks:

– Langley’s good. They’ve won six of seven, and one of the reasons they’re good is the depth they boast. Only one of their forwards is over the 20 goal mark – Matt Ustaski, although Mitch McLain has 19 – and with Will Cook, Jakob Reichert, Austin Azurdia, James Robinson all in double figures goal-wise, the Chiefs will have to be at their best defensively. They were quite good in their own end last Friday in Coquitlam, playing the Express to a standstill before giving up the winning goal with three minutes left because this team has 10 wins in 45 games. It starts in Chilliwack’s zone tonight. It can’t stay there, either. Gotta limit that Langley zone time.

Bob Freid photo

Bob Frid photo

As this photo of Tanner Cochrane and Mitch McLain would indicate, these teams don’t like each other all that much. When you face one another all the time (it seems) you’ll develop a healthy dislike. Even if the Rivermen are biding their time until the postseason while the Chiefs try everything to keep ‘mathematically eliminated’ away from their 2013 obituary, it should be a physical, chippy, spirited affair. Should it lead to penalties, and it probably will, Chilliwack’s power play needs to get going as well – 1 for their last 16, including an 0 for 6 the last time these two teams met on January 11th.

The Chiefs have only taken one game in the season series between the two, but it was at the LEC back in October. The numbers are against them here, but it won’t lack some feel. That’s what I’m looking forward to.

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