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Chilliwack Chiefs pummel Powell River in 11-1 BCHL win

Nine different Chiefs lit the lamp during a Wednesday night rout at the Chilliwack Coliseum

Nine different Chilliwack Chiefs scored goals Wednesday night (Nov. 24) as they pounded the visiting Powell River Kings at the Chilliwack Coliseum.

The Chiefs skated to an 11-1 win, with Brett Rylance and Lachlan Getz scoring two goals apiece.

The last time Chilliwack hit double digits in a win was Nov. 12, 2018 when they blasted the Surrey Eagles 10-2. The all-time high in the modern Chiefs era (since 2011) is a 13-5 home-ice triumph over Trail back on Dec. 21, 2013.

“Great effort from our guys last night,” said Chilliwack hockey boss Brian Maloney Thursday morning. “It’s nice to see us get rewarded offensively, and that happened because we played the right way. We stayed with our game plan and never broke from it. When you do that you build consistency, which is what we’re searching for.”

Taking on a road-weary Powell River team that had an extra-long bus ride to Chilliwack, the Chiefs took a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes on a power play goal by Dawson Good and a shorthanded effort by Connor Milburn.

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Getz netted his first of the season to set off a second period onslaught. With Mateo Mrsic serving two minutes for high sticking, Rylance and Luca Grabas scored backhanded shorthanded goals at 9:40 and 10:11, and Rylance added an even-strength snipe at 11:20.

Andrew Hunter scored the only Powell River goal at 14:51, slipping a puck behind Chilliwack goalie Grant Riley, who otherwise stopped 21 shots to continue his run of dominant play. Over his last four games (238 minutes, 30 seconds), the New Yorker has only allowed three goals on 82 shots.

Powell River officially waved the white flag in the final frame. The Chiefs out-shot them 22-7 over the final 20 minutes, getting goals from Getz, Mrsic, Chad Muller, Kienan Draper and Ethan Bowen. Muller’s was his first of the season, leaving reserves Lucas Sorace, Lucas Bourdon and Brady Milburn as the only players without a goal.

Chilliwack’s special teams were special.

The Chiefs killed seven Powell River power plays and scored the three shorthanded goals, and they went three for six on their own power plays.

With wins in three of their last four games, Chilliwack’s record is 7-6-0-0, good for fifth place in the Coastal Conference.

This weekend sees them hosting Coquitlam (6-9-1-1) in a Saturday nighter (7:15 p.m.) at the Chilliwack Coliseum, then heading to Surrey (7-8-0-0) to face the Eagles Sunday (4 p.m.) at the South Surrey Arena.


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