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Last Call: Season Finale For Chiefs

Mathieu Tibbet continues to roll - a hat trick and four points in last night's win. Photo: Darren Francis

Mathieu Tibbet continues to roll – a hat trick and four points in last night’s win. Photo: Darren Francis

Chilliwack Chiefs (14-36-2-5, 5th in Mainland Division) VS Coquitlam Express (26-26-2-3, 3rd in Mainland Division) (Saturday, March 1st, Prospera Centre –  6:30pm pregame/7 pm faceoff on 89.5 The Drive)

It’s fan appreciation night in Chilliwack as the Chiefs see their season come to an end on Saturday night against the Coquitlam Express.

If tonight’s game is anything like we saw on Friday in Coquitlam, the fans should get a great show. As expected, there was a ton of offence at Porier last night – A large chunk of that provided by Mathieu Tibbet. The soon to be teammate of Austin Plevy at Merrimack next year scored a hat trick – because of course he did – and added a helper on another great rush to the net that was finished off by Blake Gober. When I asked Harvey Smyl in the pregame about setting Tibbet up for possibly a hat trick and the 30 goal mark, I was only kidding.

Then again, you shouldn’t joke about Tibbet against the Express. Of his 44 career goals, 11 have come at the expense of Coquitlam, and a whopping eight of those have come at Poirier. He likes playing there, I guess. All three of his goals were timely as well – One to tie the game at 1 in the first, another shorthanded to go up 5-3, and a deflection to make it 6-4.

I thought Ryan Rosenthal was the best player for the Express last night. Incredible speed down the wing. He scored a goal and added an assist. Plenty of skill for Coquitlam, but you can see why Rosenthal is their captain and leader.

Really liked Andrew Silard’s game on Friday. All over the place. Physical. A couple points, and could of had a goal – it was waved off. Nod to Daniel Delbianco as well for burying his first as a Chief – off a nice little touch pass from? Andrew Silard.

Big goal from Kyle Westeringh late in the second period to go up by one. Nice tip on the doorstep, as Ben Butcher found him off the right wing boards. Big play at the time.

Spencer Tremblay was busy, and made 41 saves on Friday, including some big ones. One post to post job on the Pieper boys really stands out – It led to the Delbianco goal to make it 3-1 going back the other way.

I hope we see much of the same tonight, certainly from an entertainment standpoint. A big crowd is expected, and there’s a ton of giveaways at the rink tonight.

Last call, man.

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