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Express Take Weekend Opener

Some quick things following a 5-2 Chilliwack loss to Coquitlam Friday night:

1. People are beginning to tell Cam and I we sound like broken records. We do. I know. That’s because the story remains the same for this team for the most part. They had chances tonight in Coquitlam, and in fact did a better job getting pucks to the net, with 44 shots on Gordie Deifiel, but when it came time to bury those chances….there were posts (3 of ’em) or Deifel would make a great save (A Jake Hand chance in the second stands out) or a puck would roll precariously off the goal line. Gotta finish. Didn’t do enough of it tonight. Again.

2. Tough sequence in the third period: Carter Cochrane scores a powerplay goal by going to where all defensemen should: to the right of the crease down low – and the boys have a little momentum as they cut the lead to 4-2 less than two minutes into the third. They seem alive. They look alive. They can feel it….they go right back to the powerplay with a chance to score another…..and then Shay Laurent gets caught up at the offensive blueline, which leads to a Coquitlam 2 on 1, where of course Ryan Rosenthal finishes on a shorthanded backbreaker. That kind of stuff is infuriating, and I don’t wear a uniform, or coach.

3. Doug Ast’s comments after the game were certainly interesting: I want to play the back end of this home and home right now. I wish we could. – He may have sensed something tonight. And although the Express won the game, it’s not like the Chiefs were run out of the building or anything. Far from it. It’s the little things and the attention to detail that catch up with a team throughout 60 minutes. When you’re a struggling team, every little turnover outside your blueline, or squandered quality chance gets magnified by 50. Things WILL turn, and they’ll turn soon. I just don’t totally know when yet, although I think Coach Ast has a feeling it’s coming.

4. A nod to Barry Wolff’s team – they executed well enough to win, while the Chiefs did not. That line of the Pieper twins (Bo and Cannon) along with Jace Hennig presented some problems defensively, and Corey Mackin provided a big boost with two goals and an assist. That victory for Coquitlam snapped a three game home losing streak.

5. Personally, I liked Jaret Babych’s game tonight. Could have had a goal, (hit a post) fought, was physical, and engaged from the get-go. That’s a veteran guy who needs to play that way consistently if the group is going to have sustained success.

6. The powerplay finished 2 for 7 on the night. When you consider where the numbers were coming into the game with the extra man – 1 for 30 – I think they’ll take that. And Zach Diamontoni has 2 of those three powerplay markers this year.

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