Brett Willits and Ethan Bowen had three goal games while Cole Donhauser added a pair as the Chiefs downed the Surrey Eagles 10-2 Monday afternoon in Surrey.
The win improved the Chiefs to 18-7-0-0, good for first place in both the mainland division and the leaugue while the Eagles fell to 6-19-0-1 and remain in last place in the mainland division.
The Chiefs could not have scripted a better start to this one, with their first three shots finding the back of the Eagles net to take a 3-0 lead with just 3:58 gone in the opening period.
Brett Willits (3) started the onslaught with a goal just 23 seconds in. Ethan Bowen (9) upped the Chiefs lead to 2-0 with 87 seconds gone before Willits (4) added his second of the game with just under four minutes having elapsed in the opening stanza.
That was the end of the day for Eagles starting netminder Cayden Bailey who gave way to Kyle Dumba.
Dumba’s day didn’t start well as the first shot he faced, off the stick of Chiefs forward Cole Donhauser (7) beat him to increase the Chiefs lead to 4-0 with just 7:09 gone in the game.
Bowen’s (10) second of the day put the Chiefs up 5-0 before Teddy Prior got one back, beating Chiefs starter Mathieu Caron on a breakaway to make it 5-1 Chiefs with just over six minutes left in the first.
Shots after one period favored the visitors 13-12.
The Chiefs padded their lead with an early second period power play goal by defenseman Marcus Tesink. The goal was the St. John New Brunswick native’s first of the season.
Another special teams goal, this one shorthanded by Donhauser made the score 7-1 with just over nine minutes left in the middle frame. Chiefs forward Kevin Wall earned the primary assist, his fourth helper of the day. Nathan Kelly also earned an assist on what was Donhauser’s 8th marker of the season.
After Holden Katzalay got the Eagles within five, Willits completed the hat trick with two minutes left in the second to make it 8-2 Chiefs after two periods.
The Eagles led in shots after forty minutes by a 23-18 margin.
Bowen’s third of the day make it 9-2 before Matt Holmes rounded out the scoring with four minutes left.
The Chiefs visit Vancouver Island this weekend with stops in Alberni Valley and Powell River. They return to home ice on Wednesday November 21st when they host the Langley Rivermen.