Down 2-0 heading into game three of the Mainland division Final Monday night in Coquitlam, the Rivermen know what they have to do. It’s pretty simple really, just keep putting in the effort they had in games one and two, and make a few other adjustments and that will put them in good position to tighten the series. That may sound like an oversimplification but the fact of the matter is, the Riv have played fairly well through the first two games.
There’s also no doubt, however, that Coquitlam goaltender Gordie Defiel has been a big factor in this series with a save percentage of .960 through the first two games. Defiel now leads all BCHL playoff goaltenders with a .948 save percentage and a 1.80 goals against average. Brock Crossthwaite, however, has also been putting up some pretty solid numbers in goal for the Rivermen with a fourth best .916 save percentage in what has now become a very defensive series, quite the polar opposite to what was a high scoring, run and gun regular season affair between the two division rivals.
After a strong power play in the first round against Surrey, the Rivermen have yet to score on the man advantage in eight tries against the Express. The Rivermen had two wins in four tries in Coquitlam during the regular season including a double overtime win. There’s no reason for the Riv not to have confidence heading into the opposition’s barn having scored 13 goals at Poirier. The Rivermen’s defence has been good, and if the team’s offensive depth shows its true colours the Rivermen will put themselves in position to come away with a win in game three.