A pair of one-sided weekend wins have moved the Chilliwack Chiefs a lot closer to clinching first place in the Mainland division standings.
The Chiefs went into Coquitlam Friday night and whumped the Express 9-1. Vimal Sukumaran led the slaughter with three goals and an assist.
Jordan Kawaguchi and Kohen Olischefski also had four point nights, each recording one goal and three helpers.
Taylor Allan, Zach Giuttari, Jake Smith and Dennis Cholowski also scored for the Chiefs.
Aidan Pelino stopped 19 of 20 shots in net and was back in action Monday afternoon as his team beat the Langley Rivermen 5-2.
Captain Kawaguchi led the attack in this one, popping four pucks past Langley keeper Bo Didur.
Darien Craighead also scored for Chilliwack with Zac Masson netting both Rivermen goals.
The weekend results leave it a two-horse race for first place. Wenatchee beat Langley twice over the weekend to keep pace with Chilliwack.
The Chiefs (31-11-4-2) are five points up on the Wild (29-15-2-3) with one game in hand. Langley (27-20-3-1) has slipped 10 points back.
Chilliwack will be in great shape if they can survive this weekend’s road games in Powell River, Cowichan Valley and Victoria.