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Chiefs host back to back games at the Coliseum this weekend

By Ryleigh Mulvihill

To kick off a two-game weekend, the Chilliwack Chiefs will face a Mainland Cup rival in the Langley Riverman on Friday night.

Chilliwack is 6-9-1, while Langley is 5-13-0. Both teams have struggled with consistency through the first 1/3 of the BCHL season and will look to gain momentum.

This is only the second time the Chiefs will play the Riverman so far this season. The first was on opening night of the season when Chilliwack won 5-4 at George Preston Arena. That game was a sign of the times to come for Langley, as close games have been a theme for the Riverman this season. 11 of the 18 games played have been decided by only one goal.

The Chiefs will try to keep Riverman’s top scorer Vitaly Levyy, who averages a point a game, off the scoresheet. Back in September Levyy opened his season by recording three points against the Chiefs.

Chilliwack is working with Fortis BC to help the community keep warm this winter season. Please bring your gently used winter clothes and blankets to donate to the Ann Davis Society’s Warm Clothing Drive. The donation bins will be at the front doors inside the arena.

Saturday night brings the Kings into town. This is the first of three straight games against each other, with the latter two being played back at Hap Parker Arena in Powell River.

The Kings are one spot under the Chiefs in the standings with a 4-11-2 record.

It is crucial that the Chiefs set the tone in the first matchup. Chilliwack has scored the first goal of the game only five times this year. One player who can help put them up early is 19-year-old Mateo Mrsic. The Colorado College commit has points in seven of the last eight games, establishing himself as a reliable senior player.

Plenty of NCAA-committed athletes alongside Mrsic will be showcased in both games this weekend.

“Chilliwack’s team” is teaming up with another sport in the Chilliwack community for Minor Football Night at the Coliseum. For the first time, The Valley Huskers of the BC Junior Football League and the Chiefs will celebrate football together. All minor and high school football players wearing their jerseys will be given free admission into the game.

With multiple events happening around the neighbourhood, arrive early as parking will be limited.

Contact the Chief’s office at 604-392-4433 or stop by the Chilliwack Coliseum to purchase your tickets. Tickets are also available anytime online.

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