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Three Game Trip Kicks Off In Trail

Hey...We're in Trail

Hey…We’re in Trail

Chilliwack Chiefs (10-33-2-4, 5th in Mainland Division) VS Trail Smoke Eaters (9-37-2-6, 6th in Interior Division) (Friday, February 7th, Cominco Arena –  7pm pregame/7:30 pm faceoff on 89.5 The Drive)

As indicated by the records of the two teams above, both could use a win in the worst way. The Chiefs could use a couple points – There’s been a couple overtime losses and a tie in the middle of this ten game winless streak, but it’s time to pick up a full pair – for the first time in 2014.

Meanwhile, the Smoke Eaters have lost eight straight games. Last time these two met, both were in the midst of heavy winless streaks, and the Chiefs snapped theirs with a resounding 13-5 win on December 21st, including seven goals in the first period.

It’s unfair to predict a seven spot in the first again tonight, but after their playoff dreams were dashed last week at the hands of the Surrey Eagles, the Chiefs will want to come out with a litte fire, as the frustration has piled up over the month of January.

We’ve seen this Chiefs team put the puck in the net. Mathieu Tibbet leads the way, as he hit the 20 goal plateau last weekend, while Tanner Cochrane is working on a five game point streak, including six in his last three.

Trail might have only nine wins, but crazy things can happen at Cominco Arena. The Chiefs lost their last trip there a year ago, 5-4. The Smokies rallied in that game for the win, and Trail’s last home game was a 9-6 loss to the Merritt Centennials. Trail got some balanced scoring in that one, including two from Taylor Armbruster. Balanced scoring is what they’ve gotten all year – their leader in that category is Bryan Basilico with eleven. He’s the only Smokies’ player in double figures this season. Trail has also struggled mightily in keeping the puck out of their net. They are last in the league with a -107 goal differential. (Chilliwack’s is at -79 by comparison)

Both teams should be desperate. Both teams should come out strong early. Crazy bounces in a great building should be expected, and perhaps a ton of goals.

Hopefully it’s the Chiefs who get their weekend off to a good start.

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