Chiefs Shut Out PG – Now In 1st Place

Chilliwack, BC – Matteo Esposito stopped 24 shots Wednesday night  earning his third shutout in just his 11th BCHL appearance.

The rookie stopper backstopped his Chilliwack Chiefs past the Prince George Spruce Kings 4-0 in a midweek clash.

Four difference Chiefs gave him offensive support as his team improved to 17-6-1-2, leap-frogging the idle Wenatchee Wild for first place in the Mainland division.

Veteran blueliner got the Chiefs on the board in this one, opening the scoring at 11:39 of period one. Taking a pass from Nolan Zweep, Esposito put a wrister on net, slipping it through a forest of legs and skates past Prince George netminder Liam McCloskey.

Chilliwack struck again late in the opening frame.

Seconds after a power play expired, Kale Kane wheeled off the right-wing wall and threw the puck on net. Camped in front of McCloskey, Jesse Lansdell got his stick on it, scoring his ninth of the year on the re-direct.

Shots on goal through 20 minutes favoured the Spruce Kings 11-7.

The visitors were buzzing to start period two, hounding the Chiefs with an aggressive and effective forecheck. While Prince George posted a donut in the middle frame, the Chiefs added one more off the stick of captain Kawaguchi.

On a Chilliwack power play, Darien Craighead threaded a pass across the goal-mouth to Jordan K. for a tap-in.

His 14th of the year had the Chiefs up 3-0 after two, out-shooting PG 22-18.

Chilliwack’s Brendan Shane added another 6:56 into period three.

D-man Austin Adam threw the puck on net from the right point, and McCloskey couldn’t find it. Shane waded into the goal-mouth scramble and whacked the puck into the cage for his second of the year and first as a Chief.

The three stars were Matteo Esposito (first), Dennis Cholowski  (second) and Craighead (third).

The Fortis BC Energy Player of the Game was Mitch Skapski.

Chilliwack now looks ahead to a Saturday night home date with the Coquitlam Express (10-11-1-3) at Prospera Centre.

Game time is 7 p.m.

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