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Two Wins In The Interior

We’re gonna go full weekend recap here, as the Chiefs made it consecutive victories, beginning with an overtime triumph in Trail, followed by a 7-4 victory in Salmon Arm on Saturday. This team is a little looser now, with only pride to play for, and it’s great to see a four point road trip – the first of this season.

Trail was a weird night from start to finish. A pipe burst at one end of the ice, spraying yellow brine everywhere. It’s something that’s happened in Cominco before, and it delayed the game for 45 minutes. Chilliwack and Trail both had to dial it back for the delay, and it seemed to hurt the Chiefs early, as they came out flat on Friday night. The Smokies scored the game’s first goal, and had the run of the play.

Of course, the Chiefs found a way, as Mathieu Tibbet tied the game in the third period with a good shot off the rush, and then buried the overtime winner with eight seconds on the clock, as he was set up by Zach Diamontoni. Spencer Tremblay made some big saves at key times, and a day that seemed to go on forever ended in a Chilliwack win, snapping a ten game winless skid.

Mason Boh had his breakout weekend, starting with the Friday game where he scored his first goal. He probably could have had two or three, and it carried over to the next night in Salmon Arm with a three point performance. He’s seemed to find some chemistry with Jordan Kawaguchi and Kurt Black. Those three have been very effective late in this season, generating offense, and being a general pain to play against. Kawaguchi showed some great patience in Salmon Arm on a Boh rebound goal, outwaiting Angus Redmond on a deke to the right post. Boh followed up on the rebound. It’s great to see him generating, and getting rewarded for his efforts.

Zach Diamontoni scored a couple on Saturday night, and after everyone has implored him to shoot the puck a little more, he’s begun to find the back of the net. His patience in space for his first goal, a shot high over the blocker on Redmond was a good sign of that. He and Blake Gober are two players that could play a big role with the future of this team and to see the both of them have two goal nights – Gober’s came in Trail – more positives.

Big night for the Cochranes in Salmon Arm, with a whole entourage of family members in attendance. Tanner chipped in with a couple helpers, while Carter finished with two goals and an assist.

Andrew Silard really got his game going later on Saturday night, throwing some big hits, including the biggest on Brendan Kennedy right near the Salmon Arm bench. Silard’s been the energy barometer most nights, and he really brought that to the table in the second period. Daniel Delbianco hasn’t been afraid to mix it up either.

Spencer Tremblay was under siege early in Salmon Arm, as the Silverbacks put 19 shots on the board in the first period alone. He was very good throughout, and gave his team a chance on both nights. All you can ask for there.

Salmon Arm is banged up, missing some key guys, including trigger man Alex Gillies. Landon Smith and his 41 goals were kept to the outside all night Saturday. Credit to the Chiefs for making that collective effort defensively.

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