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The 140: Express Sweep Home & Home

Thanks to Darren Francis for the photo.

Thanks to Darren Francis for the photo.

I don’t really have much after this one, to be honest.

I’ll start by saying #ILikedTheEffort. (I’m hashtagging it, because it’s been written here many times before.)

There’s one nagging thought in my brain, even after I specifically took time before writing something to cool down. I’ll put it like this, and it’s the one thing you, the fan, can take away:

– When a team struggles as this one has, there’s little things that can show themselves at key times. No matter how many times it’s harped on by the coaches, players, me…whoever.

Execution.

Chilliwack cut Coquitlam’s lead down to one goal twice in the third period. The second time it happened – off a nice pass from Tanner Cochrane to Mathieu Tibbet for the Chiefs’ lone powerplay goal to make it 4-3 (a call I butchered by the way. Said initially that Kiefer McNaughton made that pass. Sorry, Tanner. Good look there.) – the Chiefs were gift-wrapped a powerplay with 2:17 left. Down by a goal. A powerplay for essentially the rest of the game. A great chance to tie it up, salvage a point, and give the fans one last little flurry around the Coquitlam goal. A team trying to do everything it can to earn points – suddenly had been handed a golden opportunity to earn at least one, and maybe halt a five game losing streak.

They didn’t get a shot on that powerplay before Coquitlam’s Cannon Pieper got one first.

Saucer pass (usually frowned upon in that situation) back to the blueline, and a tough play for Kiefer McNaughton at the right point to keep it onside, especially with Joey Santucci of Coquitlam right in his kitchen. Puck gets out. Pieper takes off, Santucci hits him with the pass. Partial breakaway as Carter Cochrane races back. Pieper goes five hole on Josh Halpenny. Ballgame. It took 19 seconds. A golden opportunity to tie turns into a 5-3 deficit before they can get a shot at 5 on 4.

I used the term ‘soulcrushing’ on the air as it happened. I did not feel it was hyperbole, because that’s what it felt like. They were ALIVE late in this one, man. They had battled to get to that point. They had earned the right for a chance to tie the game in dramatic fashion late…and then…Poof. Execution. Execution. Execution. Execution. Little things.

– The Piepers are pretty good.

That’s all.

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