Column: Chiefs face tough tests on road

In his latest column, Jacob Bestebroer talks about a tough BCHL scheduling stretch including three straight on Vancouver Island.

We knew last weekend was going to be a difficult one for the Chiefs and the results proved it.

Facing the league’s three division leaders the Chiefs dropped three straight to Powell River, Penticton and Langley.

The strange part of these games was that there were times in each game where it looked like things were going OK, only to have them fall apart. Friday the Chiefs led 3-1 after one against Powell River only to lose 8-5.

Saturday in Penticton they fell behind 3-0 in the first period but battled back to tie the game at three early in the second. They then gave up six straight to the Vees in a 9-4 loss. Sunday the Chiefs scored first and were playing well only to have a few defensive lapses cost them enroute to a 4-2 loss.

This weekend won’t be any easier for the Chiefs who now trail the fourth place Surrey Eagles by eight points with just one game in hand.

For the second straight week they’ll play three games in less than 48 hours.

This time all three games will be on the road.

Friday the Chiefs are in Powell River to face the Kings. In a strange scheduling quirk this game will be only home game out of a stretch of 11 games for the Kings. Earlier this season the Kings played 10 straight home games.

We saw again last weekend why Powell River has the best record in the league.

Even on a night that their starting goaltender struggled — they gave up more than four goals for just the second time this season — they still managed to beat the Chiefs 8-5. Chilliwack visits Nanaimo Saturday to take on the Clippers before wrapping up the weekend Sunday afternoon in Alberni Valley.

The Chiefs return to home ice to face the Penticton Vees on Dec. 13.

That night is the annual Toque/Teddy Bear Toss night. After the Chiefs score their first goal of the game fans can toss a new toque or stuffed animal on the ice which will then be donated to Chilliwack Community Services.

The Chiefs organization continues to work on plans to celebrate 25 seasons of Chiefs hockey next year.

There have been several very interesting ideas discussed and I think fans are really going to enjoy it.

Expect some of the plans to be announced around the middle of next month.

For those of you attending Saturday’s Christmas Parade keep an eye out for the Chiefs Fix Auto Fanboni.

One roster move to report this week. Defenseman Quentin McShane was released after Sunday’s game in Langley.

Lastly, goaltender Lyndon Stanwood who was released by the Chiefs last week is now with the Junior B Kamloops Storm of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. He made 24 saves and earned the shutout in a 4-0 win over the Chase Heat Saturday.

Also playing in the KIJHL for the North Okanagan Rockets is former Chief Tanner Cochrane. He’s scored six goals in his first seven games there.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A protester holds a sign on Yale Road near Hodgins Avenue during the Fraser Valley Freedom Rally on Saturday, April 3, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
OPINION: Freedom, yes, but don’t forget about responsibility

‘Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being’

A man holds a child while speaking with RCMP following an erratic driving incident on Highway 1 in Chilliwack on Friday, April 16, 2021. The child and a woman (but not this man) were in this Jeep Grand Cherokee which hit a barrier and a parked car on Highway 1 and continued driving. The vehicle finally exited the highway at Yale Road West and came to a stop. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Video captures woman driving erratically with child after hitting barrier, car on Hwy 1 in Chilliwack

Smoke seen coming from SUV as it continues to travel eastbound of shoulder of highway

An undated picture of the Hope Station House. (Photo/Save The Hope Station House)
Hope council must consider all options for Station House: B.C. Ombudsperson

Investigation ‘revealed flaws in District’s process,’ statement said

April 16, 2021 is the 130th anniversary of the first edition of The Chilliwack Progress, the oldest community newspaper in British Columbia. The first four-page Progress was printed on April 16, 1891.
PHOTO GALLERY: Today is the 130th anniversary of The Chilliwack Progress

British Columbia’s oldest community newspaper’s first edition was April 16, 1891

Fire crews battle a large wildfire north of Highway 1 at Yale Road West on Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
PHOTOS w/ VIDEO: Large 10-hectare wildfire ‘not quite contained’ day after it started in Chilliwack

Chilliwack Fire Department completing hot-spot controls, foot patrols of area on day two

Rainbow trouts thrashing with life as they’re about to be transferred to the largest lake of their lives, even though it’s pretty small. These rainbows have a blue tinge because they matched the blue of their hatchery pen, but soon they’ll take on the green-browns of their new home at Lookout Lake. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
VIDEO: B.C. lake stocked with hatchery trout to delight of a seniors fishing club

The Cherish Trout Scouts made plans to come back fishing soon

Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week file photo)
RCMP intercept vehicle fleeing with infant taken from Kamloops hospital

The baby was at the hospital receiving life-saving care

Former Pitt Meadows city councillor David Murray was convicted of sex assault, and is now being sued by the victim. (files)
Former Pitt Meadows city councillor sued for sex assault

David Murray was convicted in 2017 of sexually assaulting a teen 25 years earlier

Vancouver Police Const. Deepak Sood is under review by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. after making comments to a harm reduction advocate Sunday, April 11. (Screen grab)
VIDEO: Vancouver officer convicted of uttering threats under watchdog review again

Const. Deepak Sood was recorded Sunday saying ‘I’ll smack you’ and ‘go back to selling drugs’ to a harm reduction advocate

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

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate persists, 1,005 new cases Friday

Hospitalization up to 425, six more virus-related deaths

Premier John Horgan receives a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. Premier John Horgan gets AstraZeneca shot, encourages others

27% of residents in B.C. have now been vaccinated against COVID-19

The Nautical Dog Cafe at Skaha marina is getting its patio ready in hopes Mother Nature will provide where provincial restrictions have taken away indoor dining. (Facebook)
‘A lot of instability’: B.C. restaurants in layoff limbo

As COVID-19 cases stay high, restaurants in British Columbia are closed to indoor dining

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Expectations high as Trudeau Liberals get ready to unveil first pandemic budget

The Liberals will look to thread an economic needle with Monday’s budget

Most Read