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Sunday Leftovers: Eagles 7, Chiefs 4

Thanks to Darren Francis for the photo

Thanks to Darren Francis for the photo

I decided to let this one sit for a little bit before addressing it. Here’s some leftover thoughts rattling around in my brain following a 7-4 loss to the Surrey Eagles Saturday night, ensuring the Chiefs will not be invited to the BCHL’s post-season party:

– Certainly more energy from the team off the hop last night. Harvey Smyl mentioned in the pregame that his club was a little nervous early on Friday night in Surrey, so that was certainly addressed beforehand. Tough to play with your playoff fate hanging in the balance. Lots to handle mentally. I thought the Chiefs dealt with that well enough.

– The game was won in the second period. Braeden Russell had a goal called back when it appeared the Surrey forward tied up Josh Halpenny in front, and Chilliwack took the lead seconds later on a Mathieu Tibbet breakaway (Mathieu hit the 20 goal plateau on that rush – nice to see the three year vet hit that mark) but the Eagles answered back in a big way, scoring four unanswered goals.

– A major part of that run for Surrey in the second period was the Renouf twins. Nathan and Jonah work together really well along the boards and down low. Surrey’s zone time wasn’t quite so significant Saturday as it was Friday, but the Eagles wore down the Chiefs in their own zone as the game went along.

– Chilliwack had a little push in the third period, which was nice to see thanks to goals from Tanner Cochrane and Ben Butcher, but an empty netter sealed the team’s fate for the season. Nine games left with this group, and it’s only for pride ( and in some cases, spots for next year) from here on out.

– Said this on the broadcast and I’ll say it again: There will be fans, passionate ones who will be critical of the overall product on the ice this season, and rightfully so. It’s a results based business, and everyone within the organization certainly understands that.

I bring this up because it’s going to be very easy to point to this year and say ‘This is the first time in 21 years a Harvey Smyl club has missed the playoffs.”

While that is true, that shouldn’t take away from one hell of a run that Harvey has had behind the bench. 21 years (with League Titles/RBC trips) is a long time of sustained success, and a ton of work goes into achieving that. The results of this year shouldn’t cloud any of that. Just wanted to throw that out there.

– Nine games left with this group. While they won’t mean anything in the standings, it means something to the 20 year olds who will be finishing out their Junior careers. (or in some cases, their hockey careers) They’ll mean something to the guys eligible to return here next season, be it here or somewhere else in the league – Guys playing for spots, and leaving impressions on the coaching staff. They’ll mean something to the coaches, and front office staff, who’ve done a heck of a job as always this season.

Hang with this group, and Soupy and I, for nine more games, won’t ya?

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