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Four Left: Chiefs In Langley Tonight


Chilliwack Chiefs (13-35-2-4, 5th in Mainland Division) VS Trail Smoke Eaters (34-13-2-5, 1st in Mainland Division) (Friday, February 21st, Langley Events Centre –  6:45pm pregame/7:15 pm faceoff on 89.5 The Drive)

Two game weekend for the boys beginning Friday night in Langley against the League’s top team.

So, you know…It’s gonna be a challenge.

Langley has taken the last seven games in the season series after Chilliwack picked up a couple of points at the LEC in October. The Chiefs did earn a single point in that building last time – an entertaining 5-4 loss – and are playing a little looser with wins in three of their last five games.

The Chiefs are coming off that stirring comeback victory over the Surrey Eagles at home last Saturday night, thanks to Mathieu Tibbet’s hat-trick, Zach Diamontoni’s two goals, and the outstanding relief performance by Josh Halpenny from the second period on.

Even this late in the season, part of the focus for the Chiefs has been the play in their own zone, up and down all year. They’ll have to be stingy tonight, as this Langley team can put the puck in the net – fifth in the league in goal differential at +39, while Chilliwack is at the other end of the spectrum at -80. Part of what makes the Riv’ dangerous up front is their number of weapons. Captain Mitch McLain might be the most dangerous, leading the group in scoring with 56 points. He also has the ability to get under his opponent’s skin, as the above photo with Tanner Cochrane would suggest. McLain is very effective, and the talented rest follow – Riechert, Robinson, Ustaski, Azurdia…Bobby Henderson likes size to go with skill, and it’s certainly taken it’s toll on other BCHL teams this year.

While Chilliwack is trying to put together some positives before the season wraps up on March 1st, Langley has a little more to play for tonight. A single point in this game for the Riv’ wraps up a division title, and every point matters as they try to come away with the BCHL’s top record.

That puts the Chiefs in spoiler mode, and they’ve got the ability to do that on the road. I’m anxious to see what the line of Mason Boh/Kurt Black/Jordan Kawaguchi can continue to do in the offensive zone. Mathieu Tibbet just continues to find the back of the net, and I’m looking forward to watching the Chiefs’ D core match up one more time with a big group of talented forwards. When you play eight times, it comes down to execution and desire. Two spoiler points for the Chiefs are in play tonight.



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