Chilliwack (Josh Olund BCIT Radio A&E) – Coming into Saturday’s matchup, the Chilliwack Chiefs were on a two-game winning streak and were looking to add to that streak against the Merritt Centennials. Luckily for them, the Chiefs were able to pull together a win against the Centennials by edging them out 4-3.
In the opening frame, the Chiefs would be the first ones on the board as Sasha Teleguine would tuck home the goal for the Chiefs at 2:52 into the period to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead.Just a little over the halfway point of the period,the Centennials would register their first goal of the game on the powerplay from Ben Ward at 10:17 to tie it up 1-1.Less than five minutes later, Ward would add his second goal of the game to make it 2-1Centennials at 15:11 for their first lead of the game.And it would stay that way until the end going into intermission.
In the second period, the Chiefs would score the lone goal in the final two minutes of the period with a powerplay goal of their own from Kyle Penney to make it a 2-2 game at 18:35 of the second and it would stay that way heading into the third period.In the third period, Teleguine would score again to make it 3-2 and give the Chiefs the lead again at 3:21 of the third period.Shortly after, the Chiefs would score again the powerplay,this time from Ethan Bowen for his team-leading 11th goal of the season at 7:51 of the period to make it a 4-2 game.However, the Centennials would not go away lightly as they too would add another goal on the powerplay from Talon Zakall at 9:56 to cut the Chiefs lead in half and make it a 4-3 contest. Butthat’s what it would stay as, as Chiefs goalie held down the fort until the final buzzer finishing with 34 saves.
With that win, the Chiefs are now 13-6-0 and sit just one point behind the Prince George Spruce Kings for the top spot of the Chilliwack Pod. And for those who finish on top of their division,they win the division championship.The next Chiefs game is against those Kings on Sunday at 5:00 PM in Chilliwack and will determine who finishes as the top team in the division.