Saturday, December 3, 2011

Chiefs 6 Smoke Eaters 3

Far from a classic, but the Chilliwack Chiefs will surely savor the two points.

Five unanswered goals paced Chilliwack to a 6-3 victory over the Smokies Friday at the Cominco Arena.

Trail took a 2-0 lead after one period of play following a pair of rebound goals from Erik Cooper and Taylor House.

Chilliwack evened the score after fourty minutes. Derek Huisman scored the first of his three goals on a five-minute power-play midway through the period, before Mathieu Tibbet tied things on (you guessed it), a rebound goal with just under three minutes left in the middle frame.

Chilliwack gave up a major of their own at the end of the second after Trevor Hills took Smokies forward Clayton Chessa into the end boards and was tossed for a blow to the head.

The Smoke Eaters though, failed to capitalize on the man-advantage, and the score remained level until Michael Spring snapped a shot through the legs of Trail goaltender Lyndon Stanwood 11 minutes into the third.

Huisman would add a second moments later on a 3-on-1 rush, before Josh Hansen added a fifth Chiefs goal on a wrap-around.

House brought Trail back to within two with just over three minutes left, but a Huisman empty-netter sealed not only a Chiefs win, but also a hat-trick for the Chilliwack centreman.

Up Next: The Smokies and Chiefs go at it again tomorrow (later tonight?) at 7:30.

Local Hockey Tonight
: Two more goals for Scott Morisseau in a 6-2 Castlegar Rebels victory over Princeton at the Complex. Attendance was only 184. Beaver Valley won a thriller, 6-5 over Fernie thanks to a winner from Chris Derochie. Golden defeated Grand Forks 10-1. Former Bruins captain Jacob Bergeron scored twice for the Rockets.

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