The Chilliwack Chiefs were ventilated for 21 goals in three weekend losses to BCHL top dogs.
The Powell River Kings invaded Prospera Centre Friday night, coming away with an 8-5 win. The Chiefs led 3-1 through 20 minutes in this one, out-shooting the Kings 17-9 in the opening frame. Jake Hand, Mathieu Tibbet and Carter Cochrane had the goals, and the home team looked to be in good shape.
But the tables turned in the middle frame. The Kings scored three times on 11 shots. Drew Dorantes scored shorthanded at 3:53, with Ryan Scarfo and Jarid Lukosevicius adding even-strength markers. Still, an Austin Plevy snipe at 11:27 had the Chiefs up 4-3 heading to period three.
Cochrane and Powell River’s J.J. Coleshaw traded goals early in the final frame, then it was all downhill for the home team.
Dorantes scored a power play goal at 9:45. Scarfo (at 12:11) and Aidan Wright (at 13:28) tallied to wrap up the scoring.
Chiefs starter Spencer Tremblay lasted 30:29 in net, giving up four goals on 16 shots. Backup Josh Halpenny logged 29:31, giving up four goals on 18 shots.
Their team traveled to Penticton Saturday night for a date with the Vees. Tremblay went the distance in this one, giving up every goal in a 9-4 loss.
Penticton led 3-1 after one period on goals by Cody DePourcq, Jake Ahlgren and Brad McClure, with Cooper Rush replying for the Chiefs.
The teams traded two goals each in period two, with Rush and Blake Gober scoring for Chilliwack and McClure and Riley Alferd lighting the lamp for the Vees.
Kurt Black had the final Chilliwack goal, with DePourcq, Brett Beauvais, Jack Ramsay and Brendan Lamont scoring third period goals for Penticton.
Sunday’s road game in Langley was better, but the Chiefs still lost 4-2.
Plevy got Chilliwack on the board first, netting his 13th of the year 7:34 into period one. But Langley got the next four — from Kevin Kilistoff, Matt Ustaski, Viktor Dombrovskiy and Will Cook — to lead 4-1.
Kiefer McNaughton scored with 36 seconds left to make the final score look better.
The free-falling Chiefs have lost four straight. Their record of 7-19-1-2 gives them the third worst winning percentage (.293) behind the Trail Smoke Eaters (7-20-2-1 for .283) and Alberni Valley Bulldogs (7-20-2-2 for .290).
The Chiefs are on the road this weekend, visiting the coast for games against Powell River (Friday), Nanaimo (Saturday) and Alberni Valley (Sunday).
The next home game is Dec. 13 versus the Vees.