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Rebound: Chiefs Host Prince George Saturday

Kyle Westeringh and the Chiefs were turned aside by the Rivermen last night. Photo: Darren Francis

Kyle Westeringh and the Chiefs were turned aside by the Rivermen last night. Photo: Darren Francis

Chilliwack Chiefs (13-36-2-4, 5th in Mainland Division) VS Prince George Spruce Kings (31-18-3-2, 2nd in Mainland Division) (Saturday, February 22nd, Prospera Centre –  6:30pm pregame/7 pm faceoff on 89.5 The Drive)

Last night it was the best team in the division (and the league, as of right this second) in Langley standing in the way of the Chiefs. Tonight, it gets no easier, as the Mainland’s second best team, the Prince George Spruce Kings pay a visit, their final trip to Prospera Centre this season.

The two teams haven’t faced one another since the game back in January – won 3-0 by the visiting Spruce Kings on the day of the Caleb Thompson/Cooper Rush trade.

Rush was knocked into the boards that afternoon, injured his knee, and hasn’t played since, while Thompson has been one of the more consistent players on the Chilliwack blueline. Thompson was arguably the best player on the ice the last time he faced his old mates, and will surely be cranked up a little extra for this one tonight.

Both teams played on Friday – the Chiefs losing another high scoring affair to the Rivermen 8-5, while the Spruce Kings are in the middle of a three game Lower Mainland swing. They won last night in Coquitlam 3-2, a game in which they never trailed.

It’s the same story for Chilliwack at this point. They’ve proved that the offensive capabilities are there to beat any team in the league, but they continue to have a heck of a time keeping the puck out of their own net. Prince George may not be as big as Langley up front, but there is plenty of skill that has contributed to PG’s 6-1 record v. the Chiefs in the season series. Chad Staley, Justin Rai, Jeremiah Luetdke, Brent Lashuk, Bryant Christian, and Jake Lebrun pose a unique challenge as a group. Lebrun and Rai are both one goal shy of the 20 plateau, while Staley and Lashuk are already there with 27, and 22 respectively.

The Chiefs have one 20 goal scorer – Mathieu Tibbet picked up his team leading 26th last night on another one of his patented loose puck footraces. Mathieu’s numbers – 26-22-48 – are even more impressive when you realize that he went 18 games at the start of the season without a goal. Makes you wonder where he’d be now, although heading to Merrimack next year to play with his buddy Austin Plevy is pretty good.

It’ll be a grind tonight against a good Spruce King team, but if the Chiefs can be better in their own zone, they’ll be in excellent shape tonight.

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