Chilliwack Chiefs goaltender Josh Halpenny saw a lot of rubber this weekend and he stopped almost 90 per cent of it.
But despite stopping 55 shots out of the 61 he faced Friday night against the Cowichan Valley Capitals in Duncan, and despite a valiant come from behind effort by the team to tie the game in the third, the Chiefs lost 6-5. The Chiefs opened the scoring against the Capitals on a Brandon Volpe marker four minutes into the first, assisted by Jordan Kawaguchi and Blake Gober.
Cowichan Valley then scored five straight-three in the first, one in the second and the 5-1 goal at 4:15 of the third. The Chiefs then turned it on with goals from Jaret Babych, Cooper Rush and Kawaguchi, ending with one from Ben Butcher with just 25 second left in the game.
But a goal by Capital Reilly O'Connor at 4:49 of the overtime period ended the seesaw game, leaving the Chiefs with just the single point.
The Chiefs then headed down the Island Highway to face the Victoria Grizzlies Saturday at Bear Mountain Arena.
Lyndon Stanwood started in net for the Chiefs, but halfway through the game, with three goals on 12 shots, Halpenny replaced him.
Scoring started early on Saturday with a Grizzlies goal at 1:52 of the first followed by a power-play marker at 6:04.
The Chiefs lost the game 6-2, with goals from Andrew Silard and Cooper Rush.
Captain Austin Plevy earned a third star in Victoria and Kawaguchi got the same for his effort in Cowichan Valley.
The two losses puts the team's record to 2-8-1-2 with 13 games played, the fewest in the league.
The Chiefs have three games in a row this weekend. First they play Cowichan Valley Friday at 7 p.m. at Prospera Centre, followed by the Surrey Eagles on Saturday night at the same time. They then hit the road to play the Coquitlam Express at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
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