One of the things that separates the best from the rest is the ability to take a punch in the face and get back up.
The Pacific Junior B Hockey League’s Chilliwack Jets were knocked to the canvas last weekend with back-to-back losses to the North Vancouver Wolf Pack (5-3 on Saturday) and Mission City Outlaws (7-6 in overtime on Sunday), and they hit the road Wednesday night (Oct. 27) to face the league-leading Langley Trappers.
Chilliwack hockey boss Clayton Robinson is looking forward to seeing how his team reacts to the first real adversity they’ve faced this season.
“I am confident in our group,” he said. “We will bounce back this week with three good efforts, but we have to be better defensively from the goalies out to the forward group. We just need to play our game well and we will be successful.”
For Robinson, two setbacks are no reason to hit the panic button.
Mission City leapfrogged the Jets for third place in the Harold Brittain Conference, but Chilliwack has four games in hand.
The Jets are still one of the highest-scoring teams in the league on a goals-per-game basis (5.36) and despite last weekend’s results they remain one of the stingiest defensive teams, yielding just 3.09 goals against per game.
After Wednesday’s big game in Langley, Chilliwack gets a couple ‘softer’ opponents this weekend when they face the Port Moody Panthers and Abbotsford Pilots.
Port Moody is a road game on Saturday (Oct. 30). The Panthers are 2-13 through 15 games this season, dead last in the six-team Tom Shaw Conference.
The Pilots come to Chilliwack for a Halloween night clash. Abbotsford has muddled their way to a 4-10 record this season, which puts them sixth in the seven-team Harold Brittain Conference.
“Port Moody and Abby will both be hungry clubs,” Robinson noted. “Both work really hard and we can’t take anybody lightly after this last weekend. We need the points.”