Chilliwack Chiefs dump Grizzlies and Capitals

A home ice loss Friday was followed by impressive weekend wins vs Victoria and Cowichan Valley.

Last weekend got off to a bad start for the Chilliwack Chiefs, with a 3-0 home ice loss to the Prince George Spruce Kings Friday night.

But the BCHL squad turned things around in a hurry with back to back road wins over the Victoria Grizzlies and Cowichan Valley Capitals.

Daniel Chenard turned aside 28 shots Saturday as Chilliwack blanked the Grizzlies 3-0 at the Island Savings Centre.

It was the first junior A shutout for the Ontario import, who got offensive support from Harrison Blaisdell, Anthony Vincent and Wil Calverley.

Blaisdell and Vincent scored in the second period and Calverley put his into an empty net with seven seconds remaining as the Chiefs took down the second place team in the Island division.

Defenceman Bryan Allbee had two assists and Gabe Goncalves, a Mission native just called up from the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League’s Fraser Valley Thunderbirds, picked up his first junior A point with a second assist on Vincent’s goal. Goncalves scored one of his own less than 24 hours later as Chilliwack topped the Capitals 4-1. Goncalves opened the scoring 14:15 into period one, and Calverley sniped his team-leading ninth of the year 3:15 later to give his team a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes.

Cowichan Valley’s Ethan Scardina got his team on the board with a shorthanded goal 8:12 into period two, but Skyler Brind’Amour responded for Chilliwack at 9:26.

Tommy Lee iced the game with a third period empty netter. Mathieu Caron got the start in goal, turning aside 22 of 23 shots.

Allbee picked up two more assists, giving him 14 points in 18 outings.

The Chiefs are home tonight for a big showdown with the Interior conference leading Vernon Vipers (12-4-0-2).

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