Chiefs roll into Island road trip

Jacob Bestebroer pens a weekly column in the Chilliwack Progress sports section, talking Chilliwack Chiefs and the BCHL.

  • Oct. 18, 2012 11:00 a.m.

The Chilliwack Chiefs have put together a nice run of results, going undefeated in their last six games with the only blemish being a 4-4 tie versus Coquitlam.

In last week’s column I called that tie one of the most exciting games ever played at Prospera Centre.

Four days later, the Chiefs erased a 3-0 deficit in the final six minutes of a game versus Langley and won 4-3. Overall, maybe not as exciting, but that stunning finish goes down as the wildest I’ve ever seen in our rink.

For whatever its worth, these recent positive results have put the Chiefs into 18th place on the latest Canadian junior A rankings. The merit of these rankings can be debated, but it’s nice to see the Chiefs on that list.

Things now get a whole lot tougher for Chilliwack.

They play their next seven games on the road beginning with three games in two and a half days this weekend.

Games Friday in Nanaimo and Saturday in Alberni Valley are followed by a Sunday afternoon game in Powell River, and all three are tough places to play.

Nanaimo hasn’t had the start to the season many expected. They’ve earned just 13 points in 11 games so far but have won two straight including a 4-2 win against the high flying Penticton Vees last weekend.

There is one thing you can count on from any game involving Nanaimo head coach Mike Vandekamp, and that is that his team will do their best to pay tribute to the early to mid 1970s style of tough hockey.

Saturday’s game could be a wild one. Alberni Valley is off to a good start with 16 points in 14 games, but the interesting stat is that they lead the league in goals scored (52) and have allowed the second most goals against (59).

Powell River is always a tough place to play. The Kings are not off to a good start this season. They’ve been to the last three league final series, losing all three, but so far this season have won just four of their first 14 games.

For the Chiefs to have a successful weekend, their top line of Austin Plevy, Josh Hansen and Luke Esposito will have to continue their recent torrid pace.

Plevy and Hansen lead the team with seven goals and Esposito, who has a 10 game point streak going, leads the team and sits fourth in league scoring with 17 points.

Maybe more important for success this weekend will be the play of the unsung hero type players.

To win on the road you need your energy/grinder type players to play well, and the play of guys like Tanner Cochrane and Brodyn Neilsen will be key to earning points.

The Chiefs then make stops in Vernon, Coquitlam, Penticton and Trail before returning home to the best fan support in the BCHL on Wednesday Nov. 7 versus the Langley Rivermen.


Send comments to

Just Posted

Raeya Evie Duncan was the 100th baby born at Chilliwack General Hospital for the month of May. She is seen here with her parents Alysha Williams and Andrew Duncan on June 12, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Baby boom in Chilliwack as record number of infants born at CGH in May

‘COVID babies are coming out,’ says dad of 100th baby born at Chilliwack General Hospital last month

Syringes prepared with Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site in Long Beach, Calif., Friday, March 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Walk-ins welcome at upcoming G.W. Secondary vaccine clinic

Second consecutive Saturday Fraser Health has scheduled a same-day clinic in a Chilliwack school

Migrating sockeye in the Fraser River August 7, 2007. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
First Nations, commercial, and recreational harvesters join forces to save Fraser River fish

‘We have to work together to rebuild these stocks while there is still time,’ says delegate

Vancouver courthouse. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Man loses bid to appeal conviction for 1999 rape at Abbotsford music festival

James Redden, 53, formerly of Nanaimo, was found guilty in 2019 following six-day trial

Dozens of demonstrators gathered in March at the Hope Station House, showing support for preserving the 1916 building. (Photo/Christian Ward)
New reports breathe life into efforts to save the Hope Station House

The documents were presented to District of Hope Council at a meeting June 14

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

(pixabay file shot)
B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘unsafe,’ calls for changes

Review states a maximum of 22 hours for youth, aged 12 from to 17, to be placed in solitary

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Eleonore Alamillo-Laberge, 6, reads a book in Ottawa on Monday, June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Parents will need to fight ‘COVID learning slump’ over summer: B.C. literacy experts

Parents who play an active role in educating their children this summer can reverse the slump by nearly 80%, says Janet Mort

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

The B.C. government’s vaccine booking website is busy processing second-dose appointments, with more than 76 per cent of adults having received a first dose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations stable for Tuesday

108 new confirmed cases, 139 in hospital, 39 in intensive care

A worker, at left, tends to a customer at a cosmetics shop amid the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Half of cosmetics sold in Canada, U.S. contain toxic chemicals: study

Researchers found that 56% of foundations and eye products contain high levels of fluorine

Most Read