Every week during the BCHL season, local hockey guru Jacob Bestebroer writes a column discussing the Chilliwack Chiefs and goings on around the league.
Two very important wins last weekend on home ice over Westside and Vernon improved the Chiefs playoff position as they head into this weekend.
The Chiefs now sit alone in the fourth and final playoff position, one point up on the Vernon Vipers with a game in hand.
Vernon, who looked to be dropping out of the race a few weeks ago, rattled off five straight wins to put themselves right back in it before dropping a 3-1 decision in Chilliwack Saturday. They followed up that loss with a 7-1 loss in Merritt Tuesday night.
A tough test awaits the Chiefs this weekend as they take to the road for a trio of games beginning Friday night in Prince George. They’ll visit Merritt Saturday before wrapping up the weekend with a Sunday afternoon game in Westside.
A big reason for the Chiefs success over the weekend was the play of leading scorer Malcolm Gould.
Gould had been fighting the puck a little bit lately but snapped out of it in a big way scoring four goals in the two wins. I thought he’d be the BCHL player of the week but he had to settle for an honorable mention.
Some exciting news from the twitter feed of Chiefs general manager/head coach Harvey Smyl on Tuesday.
The Chiefs will be holding an alumni game on Friday July 6, with a golf tournament the following day.
These weekends are always a lot of fun and a record number of attendees would not surprise me.
My favorite alumni weekend memory is Bob Gassoff’s performance at the golf course. After putting a shot in the water, Gassoff, who after his one year with the Chiefs went on to become a Navy Seal, put on the scuba gear, dove in and retrieved the ball.
As he emerged from the water he held up the ball and yelled ‘Got it coach!’
We’ll have more details on alumni weekend soon.
Coming up later this month is Pasta Da Puck. An evening of Italian cuisine at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen featuring Chiefs players as servers and the entertainment will happen on Sunday February 26.
The first seating sold out quickly, so a second seating has been added. A few seats are left. Call the Chiefs office at 604.392.4433 or visit the Chiefs website for more details.
Speaking of the Chiefs website, some of you may be getting a warning when you visit it saying that the site contains malware. Last week the Chiefs site, the BCHL site and most of the other BCHL team sites were hacked.
The problem was cleared up last Wednesday.
Some browsers may still give you warnings based on last week’s events.
Feedback can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.