Groundhog day for the Rivermen; Express pull out another thriller

The salt continues to pour into the Rivermen wounds of late. The last few minutes of regulation has been something to forget in the last three games and the loss tonight hurts the most. For a third straight game the opposition beat the Rivermen in the late stages of the game and for a second straight contest it was against the Coquitlam Express. It was another 5-4 final for the Express as they won again with under 30 seconds to play.

The first period of play was controlled by the Express for the most part. Nic Renyard got his second BCHL start for the ‘Men and was able to make some key saves within the first few minutes. Unfortunately for him, Brady Shaw opened the scoring on a neat little redirect for his 29th of the year in tight. The Express then scored on a goal that Renyard would love to have back. Affiliate foeward Eric Margo fired a shot from far out that beat Renyard between the pads for a 2-0 Express lead. The Express threw a ton of pucks towards the young Langley keeper as they had 21 in total after the first frame. The second period was a different story for the home side. It was a much better effort as Puskarich scored back to back tallies on similar plays streaking down the left-wing and put a pin point wrist shot past Cole Huggins for his 28th and 29th on the season. The lead did not last very long As Justin Georgeson capitialized on a power play to get the Coquitlam lead back at 3-2. The third period was by far the most entertaining put of the three.  Peter McMullen tied up the game on a beautiful rush down the right-wing and let a laser shot go beneath the blocker of Huggins to even up the game. The Express once again regained the lead a few shifts after courtesy of Alex Petan on a nifty shot that beat Renyard on the short side. The Rivermen to their credit did not panic as Jackson Playfair tipped home a point shot on a power play to send the fans into a frenzy evening up the score at 4-4. Just when overtime looked like a very good possibility, the groundhog popped up his head. With 26 seconds to go in regulation, Zach Hodder pounced on a loose puck to lay the dagger into the Rivermen. Where have we seen this script before?

It is hard to fathom what has gone on to the Rivermen in the past three games. You can call it whatever you want, but at the end of the day the losses continue to pile up and in dramatic fashion none the less. They are now on a six game losing streak and will look to turn it around tomorrow afternoon in the last home game of the season against Alberni Valley.



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