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140 Review: Good Road Effort Falls Short

Mathieu Tibbet and Coquitlam's Cody Boyd battle it out during the Express' 4-2 victory. Photo: Darren Francis

Mathieu Tibbet and Coquitlam’s Cody Boyd battle it out during the Express’ 4-2 victory. Photo: Darren Francis

Coquitlam pulled it out Friday night on a late goal by Nic Rasovic. 4-2 was the final over the Chiefs. As always, here are some thoughts that were just too big for tweets:

– Nic Rasovic scored the game winner with under three minutes remaining when the Chiefs couldn’t clear the zone. Rasovic somehow got behind everyone and put a good move on Halpenny for the finish. Worse was when I looked at the stat sheet and saw that it was Rasovic’s third goal of the season. All that high end skill in Coquitlam, and the Chiefs are done in by the Coquitlam fourth line, who did bring quite a bit to the table overall in this game, but still. That stings.

– Chilliwack wanted to focus on playing in their own end, and for the most part I thought they did a very good job. Coquitlam was without one of their snipers as Ryan Rosenthal was a last minute scratch, and the Pieper boys had their moments, but I thought the Chiefs were sturdy in their own zone, and Halpenny made saves when he had to. It was the type of bend-a-little-but-don’t-break performance you like to see on the road. Makes you wonder where this team would be if they had a few more of those away from home this season.

– Trademark Mathieu Tibbet goal in the second period. See puck. Chip past defenseman at own blueline. Outrace defenseman to the net. Go wide on the deke across crease. Tuck it in. This is what he does. Tibbet now leads the team with 17 goals on the year.

– Carter Cochrane got his first in nine games as well on a similar play down the opposite wing. Andrew Silard had a couple good chances tonight, and I really liked what the line of Kawaguchi, Mason Boh, and Kurt Black accomplished. Lots of sandpaper on the forecheck, and they maintained pressure down low for a couple stretches. Thought Blake Gober had another determined effort as well. Things to like.

– The Chiefs were really physical Friday. Daniel Delbianco on Cannon Pieper. Jake Hand on Brendan Lamont. Tanner Cochrane on Cam Marks. Three pretty big hits right there. Lamont would go down later on a knee on knee hit from Cody Bardock. Bardock would unfortunatley recieve a five/game misconduct. Tough call to make, as there were other bodies in the area as well. Possibly a little incidental contact, but the Chiefs had to go with 5 D the rest of the way after that.

– Bo and Cannon Pieper. Took some bumps, but always looked dangerous.

– Both teams will be thinking about special teams going into Saturday’s game. Chilliwack went 0 for 6 and couldn’t cash on a four minute powerplay in the 2nd, while the Express didn’t convert on any of their chances either.

I like the Chiefs Saturday night if they can play that way again. With a little more finish maybe, too:)

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