The Chilliwack Chiefs enjoyed a fairly successful weekend at home, taking three of a possible four points from games against Penticton and Surrey.
The Chiefs hosted the mighty Vees (14-3-1-0) Saturday at the Chilliwack Coliseum, and took the BCHL powerhouse to overtime before falling 4-3.
Chilliwack fell behind 1-0 after one period and 3-1 after two periods, with Penticton getting goals from Colton Kalezic, Lukas Sillinger and Evan McIntyre.
But the Chiefs snuck two pucks past Vees keeper Carl Stankowski in the final frame.
Kyle Penney got his team within one 1:39 into period three when he took a cross ice pass from Ethan Bowen and ripped a top shelf short-side shot past Stankowski from the right faceoff dot.
Joey Larson scored the unassisted equalizer at 7:55.
To be accurate, Stankowski scored it. After stopping a Larson shot from the goal mouth, Stankowski reached out to pull the loose puck towards him and swept it into his own cage.
Penticton’s overtime winner came on the power play, with Brett Willits serving a hooking minor.
Chilliwack goalie Mathieu Caron made a heroic glove save on Sillinger and Brody Gagno and Penney both threw themselves in front of shots on the PK.
But finally Sillinger set up Steve Holtz for a one-timer, and the D-man blasted it past Caron at 1:40.
Penticton out-shot Chilliwack 32-29.
Caron’s crew bounced back less than 24 hours later, blowing the doors off the Surrey Eagles in a Sunday afternoon matchup at the Coliseum.
After Eagle Kenny Riddett opened the scoring 14:39 into period one, the Chiefs replied with three goals in one minute, 18 seconds.
Nikita Nesterenko, Hudson Thornton (first BCHL goal) and Xavier Henry scored rapid fire on Surrey goalie Thomas Scarfone.
After Carter King got the visitors within one 1:52 into period two, Chilliwack’s Kyle Penney responded with a pair at 3:15 and 5:32, making it 5-2 through 40 minutes.
Surrey’s Cristophe Tellier and Chiefs forward Carter Wilkie (first of the season) traded goals in the third period.
Chilliwack out-shot the Eagles 37-30, with Kolby Thornton getting the win in net.
The Chiefs come out of the weekend with a record of 10-5-3-1, good for second in the Mainland division, two points back of the Coquitlam Express (13-4-0-0) and eight points more than third place Langley (8-11-0-0).
They’re in Merritt tonight (Wednesday) then back home to host Surrey Saturday at 7 p.m. and Coquitlam Sunday at 2 p.m.
See bchl.ca or chilliwackchiefs.net for more.