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Chiefs In Surrey Friday

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Chilliwack Chiefs (10-31-2-4, 5th in Mainland Division) VS Surrey Eagles (20-26-1-1, 4th in Mainland Division) (Friday, January 31st, South Surrey Arena –  6:30 pregame/7:00 pm faceoff on 89.5 The Drive)

The Chilliwack Chiefs have been playing with no room for error since the beginning of January, so their preparation and mindset shouldn’t change too much going into this weekend’s home and home with the Surrey Eagles.

Friday’s game at the South Surrey Arena kicks off a season-defining weekend for both teams. The Eagles aren’t far at all from clinching the final playoff spot in the mainland division – their magic number is three, as they hold a 16 point lead with ten games remaining, including four more against the Chiefs.

There’s positives for Chilliwack going into the weekend, however. The energy level, compete level, and buy-in for a re-adjusted roster post-deadline has been better in the last three weeks. It’s a shame Chilliwack hasn’t been able to come up with a full two points in the last four efforts- They’ve secured at least a point in the last two to stay afloat. Those last two games have also seen eleven goals for, including seven in that wild tie with the West Kelowna Warriors on Sunday.

Both teams have gotten offensive at the SSA already this season – there was a game won 7-6 by Surrey earlier in the year over Chilliwack. That Eagle victory is the only one they’ve managed against their rivals – Chilliwack is an impressive 4-1 against Surrey this year despite the 10 wins overall.

The Eagles already have a game under their belts this week – they got off to a very fast start in a 5-2 victory over the Coquitlam Express, a game in which they scored three times in the first period. The Chiefs haven’t faced Surrey post-deadline, so Nathan and Jonah Renouf, along with Braeden Russell will be the players Chilliwack will have to hone in on.

Tanner Cochrane is coming off a hat-trick Sunday, and Jake Hand/Kyle Westeringh both played one of their best games against the Warriors. It may come down to the last shot on Friday, and for the sake of the Chiefs slim postseason hopes, hopefully it’s their shot.



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