They say the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
The Chilliwack Chiefs may be learning the same can sometimes be said about winning and losing hockey games.
After two tough losses on the weekend that saw just three goals of offence, coach Harvey Smyl said the team needs to work on their confidence in the face of adversity.
"Our offence has been an issue," he said. "We are still trying to find chemistry within the lines, chemistry in the room. And confidence when you are struggling. Frustration becomes an issue when you are struggling."
The Chiefs lost 2-1 to the Prince George Spruce Kings Saturday at Prospera Centre in a game some fans likely thought the team should have won.
The weekend of hockey started well as Zach Diamantoni potted his first as a Chief and the team's first power play goal with less than a minute to go in the first. Diamantoni tucked it in after a wellexecuted box saw Austin Plevy drive along the goal line and feed the new Chief in the crease.
But that was it for the Chiefs as the Spruce Kings fought back with a second period power-play goal by Skylar Pacheco. Jake LeBrun then secured the win for the visitors with an unassisted goal-mouth scramble that was initially called off.
Goaltender Lyndon Stanwood made 37 saves on 39 Prince George shots but his offence let him down.
"Lyndon gave us a chance to win the game but our execution was not there," Smyl said.
On Sunday, the Chiefs fell again, this time 5-2 to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. And this time with Josh Halpenny between the pipes.
After a scoreless first, Salmon Arm opened the scoring at 3:31 of the second on an a scrambly unassisted marker by Alex Gillies.
Seven minutes later, Halpenny let in a soft goal as an Andrew Farny shot went off his glove and in.
That wasn't the only goal that should have been stopped, but Smyl wouldn't call them soft.
"I would put it this way: I'm sure there were a couple that [Halpenny] would like to have back."
The Chiefs started the third on a positive note when a slick pass by Jaret Babych set up a Cooper Rush/Ben Butcher two on one, the latter potting his first of the season.
Prince George 2
Salmon Arm 5
The 2-1 scoreline lasted until the 13-minute mark when the Silverbacks ended the threat and scored two goals in just 23 seconds.
A minute later the Chiefs got one back from Kurt Black who tipped a seemingly harmless Cooper Rush point shot.
But that was all they could muster and Silverback Landon Smith ended any chance of a comeback with an empty net goal.
Despite the losses, Smyl was happy to see an improved effort from the rearguard.
"I thought we made some huge strides defensively," he said. "Some really good highlights on the back end, which has been an area of focus for us."
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