Chiefs confident heading into post-season

Langley Chiefs goaltender Wyatt Galley looks for the puck after making a save against the Salmon Arms Silverbacks in the Chiefs' regular season finale. Galley will be counted on to come up big as Langley opens the BCHL playoffs against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

Five wins in their final six games have the Langley Chiefs feeling good about their game heading into the post-season.“There is a lot of confidence in the room,” said leading scorer Josh Myers, who was named the team’s co-MVP, among his other awards. (go to www.langleytimes.com for the award winners). He shared the MVP with captain Trevor Gerling.Myers led the team with 40 goals and 40 assists, good for second in the league in goals scored and seventh in points.The confidence comes from the team’s strong play down the stretch which clinched Langley third place in the B.C. Hockey League’s Coastal Conference.It sets up a best-of-seven playoff series against the sixth-place Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Games one and two are tonight (Friday) and Saturday at the Langley Events Centre, with a 7 p.m. puck drop both nights.The Chiefs went 3-0-1 during the season against the Bulldogs.“But the playoffs are a completely different season,” Myers said.The season has seen some wild swings from the Chiefs.Over the first six weeks, the team was lights out, losing just once in regulation in their first 14 games (11-1-0-2). But the next 40 games saw the team play sub-.500 hockey, especially in December and January, as they struggled, going 15-19-1-6.But February was much kinder, with five wins in six tries and Langley hopes to ride that wave into a lengthy post-season run.“We can’t look back at what happened in the middle of the season,” Myers cautioned. “We have to look past that.”Alberni Valley finished 18 points back of Langley in the standings.The series pits the conference’s highest scoring team — the Chiefs averaged four goals per game — against Alberni Valley’s 2.93 goals.One advantage head-to-head the Bulldogs do have is goals against, allowing 3.28 goals per game compared to Langley’s 3.62.Offensively, Alberni Valley was led by Josh Mitchell (17 goals, 45 assists) and Casey Bailey (28 goals, 30 assists).For Langley, Myers, Gerling (30 goals, 42 assists), Matt Ius (28 goals, 39 assists) and Brandon Thompson (13 goals, 51 assists) all finished ahead of Mitchell in the scoring race.Brad McBride (27 goals, 31 assists) and Darnell Dyck (17 goals, 41 assists) round out the top six mix for the team.Combined, the six have accounted for 65 per cent of the Chiefs offence.And in net, the Bulldogs have a goaltender in Frank Slubowski (2.90 goals against average, .906 save percentage) more than capable of stealing a series. Last season, Slubowski was a nominee for both the most valuable player and rookie of the year awards.The Chiefs will counter with Wyatt Galley, who went 24-17-1, with a 3.52 GAA and a .904 save percentage.

Just Posted

Twilight Drive-In announces open season for moviegoers next Friday

Opening weekend will showcase a double feature with Aquaman at 7:15 p.m. and Glass at 9:50 p.m.

Elementary b-ball teams receive surprise game visit from ACSS Totems

Two grade 5 co-ed basketball teams were cheered on by players from the highschool Totems team.

Betty Gilbert b-ball boys defeat HD Stafford 38-28

Betty Gilbert’s grade 6 boys opened basketball season with a win against HD Stafford Tuesday.

Langley teams headed to upcoming basketball provincials

Teams from around B.C. converge on the Langley Events Centre for provincial tournaments.

From a drunk judge to Clifford Olson: George Garrett recounts a life in B.C. news radio

New book from ‘Intrepid Reporter’ George Garrett offers readers a glimpse behind the headlines

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness

Two boys saved after falling through ice in Coquitlam

RCMP say a Good Samaritan pulled the kids to safety

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

UPDATE: Man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside B.C. elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

HBC shuttering Home Outfitters across Canada

North America’s oldest retailer is revamping its various stores to improve profitability

BC SPCA investigates Okanagan woman with prior animal abuse convictions

BC SPCA is investigating a property near Vernon

Most Read