Chilliwack Chiefs clobber Coquitlam in BCHL clash
The Chilliwack Chiefs put the boots to Coquitlam Wednesday night, dumping the cellar-dwelling Express 5-2 at Prospera Centre.
The Chiefs extended their win streak to five games with a dominant performance. Chilliwack out-shot the visitors 54-20 in a ridiculously one-sided match, improving their record to 26-9-5-0 and dropping the Express to 7-33-1-2.
Davis Bunz and Jake Smith led the offence with two goals apiece while Mark Sinclair picked up the win in net.
Smith opened the scoring in this one, sniping his 21st of the year 13:40 in.
From the right-wing wall, Kohen Olischefski spotted Smith chugging into the slot. The pass was perfect and Smith took two strides before lasering a low shot inside the right post, extending his points streak to eight games.
Olischefski’s assist pushed his point streak to 11.
Will Calverley picked up an assist on the second Chiefs goal to push his streak to seven. Calverley got the puck to rookie D-man Davis Bunz steps inside the Coquitlam blueline. Bunz took aim from the top of the right faceoff circle, wristing a shot through traffic and past Coquitlam keeper Lawson Fenton.
The Chiefs added two more in period two.
First it was Tommy Lee rushing down the left wing, making a little drag move to the inside and snapping a shot through Fenton for his 15th of the year. Bunz collected his second of the game minutes later, sneaking down from the right point, taking a pass from Ben Fanjoy and wiring the puck past Fenton from the right faceoff dot.
The Express got one back, ending Mark Sinclair’s shutout bid at 11:24.
With Linden Hora in the penalty box and Coquitlam on a power play, Alex Ambrosio got his stick on Troy Robillard’s point-shot wrister, fooling Sinclair with the redirect and collecting his ninth of the season.
Fanjoy’s first BCHL goal had the Chiefs up 5-1 early in the final frame.
The big centre came took advantage of some amazing defence by the visitors. No. 12 flew down the left wing, swooped behind the net, came out the other side, curled into the slot and popped the puck past Fenton without being touched even once by a Coquitlam defender.
Cameron Bertsch picked up a late one for the Express, crashing the crease and pushing a Mitch Newsome centering pass across the line.
Jake Smith wrapped up the scoring with 2:11 to go, darting into the slot and snapping a blocker side shot past Fenton.
The three stars were Bunz (first), Fanjoy (second) and Fenton (third).
The Fortis BC Energy Player of the Game was Will Calverley.
Announced attendance was 1,888.