Astute coaching by Chilliwack Progress sports editor Eric Welsh and Chilliwack Chiefs play-by-play man Marc Fitzgerald helped Team Black to a 15-12 win over Team White Friday night at the Chilliwack Chiefs Alumni Game.
Fitzgerald juggled the forward lines like a pro, getting three goals from Jeff Royston and two apiece from Kit Sitterley, Michael Spring, Kyle MacKinnon and Darnell Dyck. Dyck, a Chilliwack native, had the tying and winning goals in the third period.
Doug Ast, Tyler Burton, Trevor Gerling and Don Nicholls added singles.
Burton added four assists. Ast and Jeff Tambellini had three helpers each.
Welsh handled the D like a tactical genius. The blueline locked it down in the third period as Team Black came from behind to earn the win.
Goaltender Derek Janzen faced 57 shots for Team Black, stopping 44 with a handful of spectacular saves.
Josh Lunden provided punch for Team White, netting four goals.
Dan Mahe, Garet Hunt, Skyler Smutek, Brandon Thompson, Peter Bogdanich, Adam Powell, Nathan Martz and Riley Emerson all picked up singles.
Saturday’s golf tournament at the Cultus Lake Golf Club was won by the team of Royston, Tambellini, Cam Janzen and Rob Bruni.
Andrea Laycock took both the ladies’ long drive and KP titles. Tyson Motz took the men’s KP title and Ryan Bakken got the long drive.
(note: Really, Welsh and Fitzgerald had absolutely nothing to do with the win).