Chiefs squash Smokies and stomp Silverbacks

The BCHL Chilliwack Chiefs won two weekend games over the Trail Smoke Eaters and Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

A red-hot Chilliwack Chiefs squad extended their winning streak to six games with weekend wins over the Trail Smoke Eaters and Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

The Chiefs hosted Trail Friday night at Prospera Centre, facing the Smoke Eaters for the third time in eight days.

The teams traded goals through 40 minutes, with Chilliwack native Josh Hansen scoring for the Chiefs and Tanner Clarkson replying for the Smokies.

Hansen scored his eighth of the year when Trail netminder James D’Andrea failed to locate a loose puck in a goal-mouth scramble.  Hansen found it first, punching it past the fallen keeper at 8:43.

Clarkson’s goal came on a Trail power play, with Chilliwack’s Trevor Hills watching from the penalty box (hooking). Clarkson fired a point shot through a screen, and Chilliwack netminder Bryton Udy didn’t see it until it was in the net.

“I thought for the most part, the first five or six minutes of the first period we played well,” said Chiefs bench boss Harvey Smyl. “But for the rest of that period we didn’t have a lot of energy. The bangers weren’t banging, we were too fancy with the puck and we were extremely poor in our own zone.”

Chilliwack out-shot the Smoke Eaters 18-1 in period two, but didn’t get another puck behind D’Andea until the first minute of period three. Just 28 seconds into the final frame, David Bondra wheeled at the top of the right faceoff circle and threaded a shot through a maze of legs and skates.

D’Andrea was helpless to stop Bondra’s 13th, giving Chilliwack a 2-1 lead.

The dagger came at 9:06 on another shot through traffic. David Thompson’s shot evaded D’Andrea and sent the goalie’s water bottle flying.

“Springer (Michael Spring) and (Jaret) Babych started making hits and finishing contact, and that got us going,” Smyl observed. “And our first line did what they’ve been doing a lot lately. They’re all very skilled (Bondra, Malcolm Gould and Derek Huisman) and smart players and they have good chemistry. together.”

A rare BCHL fight late in the game pitted Chilliwack’s Ty Miller against Trail’s Clayton McEwan in a battle of the No. 3’s. Miller earned a clear decision, ripping McEwan’s helmet off and pummeling him with jabs until the linesman stepped in.

Gould added the exclamation point on the victory, scoring his 12th of the year on a pretty top-shelf backhand with 3:14 remaining.

The three stars were Bondra (first), D’Andrea (second) and Shay Laurent (Chilliwack, third).

Announced attendance was 1,800.

Saturday night in Trail was the Derek Huisman show, as the talented center scored twice in a 4-1 win over the Silverbacks.

Huisman opened the scoring on a Chiefs power play early in period two and added his second late in the middle frame.

Mathieu Tibbett and Kit Sitterley (into an empty net) scored in the third period as Chilliwack beat Salmon Arm for the fourth time in four meetings this season.

Huisman assisted on Sitterley’s tally, giving him a three-point night. Mitch Gillam got the win in net, stopping 26 of 27 shots.

“That game there, defensive play was an area we focused on and I thought we were very sound defensively,” Smyl said. “Our power play was very good, creating a lot of chances, and our penalty kill was good as well (blanking Salmon Arm on four PPs).”

With three games to go before a nine-day Christmas break, the Chiefs have a record of 18-9-0-1.

That’s good for third in the Interior conference standings, and Chilliwack holds three games in hand on the second place Merritt Centennials (17-8-2-4).

The Chiefs host Prince George Friday before travelling back to Salmon Arm on Saturday and Vernon on Sunday.

“There’s been some growing to this team, some learning of roles, learning the coaching staff and all those types of things,” Smyl said. “We’ve been growing, but there’s still things we need to improve. The power play and penalty killing need to be better. Our goals against has improved drastically, but we need more consistency. We’re making progress, but we’re not where we need to be yet.”

Just Posted

Fatal railway crossing accident in Chilliwack highlights risks for people in wheelchairs: TSB report

Transportation Safety Board points to ‘persistent risks faced by persons using assistive devices’

Indie rock meets classic rock for Mudsharks 3 concert in Chilliwack

The local band will be playing both original hits and cover songs at free concert at Corky’s

Molson-Coors to honour Sto:lo culture and history at Chilliwack brewery

Artist proposals sought by July 30 to design and install a commemorative piece

Agassiz firefighters tackling blaze on farmer’s field

A neighbour said the fire was started by a problem with a tractor

Yale man arrested after fleeing police in downtown Hope

Man arrested on three outstanding warrants after being caught in stolen van

VIDEO: Missing teens named as suspects in three northern B.C. killings

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are wanted in the deaths of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese, unknown man

B.C. teens wanted in double homicide, suspicious death spotted in Manitoba

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were thought to have been seen in the Gillam area

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Weather Network’s anti-meat video ‘doesn’t reflect true story’: cattle ranchers

At issue is the video’s suggestion that cutting back on meat consumption could help save the planet

VIDEO: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

Chynna Noelle Deese of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia were found along Highway 97

Wrestling legend finds his wedding dance groove in B.C.

Professional wrestler Chris Jericho posted on social media that he was in Penticton recently

Vancouver Public Library banned from Pride parade after allowing controversial speaker

Vancouver Public Library allowed Meghan Murphy to book space for an event at the library in January

Man arrested after allegedly attacking people with syringe in Burnaby mall

Police say that no one has yet to come forward with injuries consistent with needle stab wounds

Horgan hints at Daylight Saving Time changes after record survey response

More than 223,000 online surveys were submitted in the government’s public consultation

Most Read