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Victoria Grizzlies Jr A Hockey Club:
EXPRESS WIN BCHL CHAMPIONSHIP
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - Submitted by DAILY COURIER STAFF
Call them the comeback kids. You can also call them BCHL champions.
For the fourth game in a row, the Coquitlam Express rallied to defeat the Vernon Vipers in the league's Fred Page Cup, winning 4-3 on Tuesday night. The win earned Coquitlam a four-game sweep of Vernon in the best-of-seven series.
On Tuesday night, Adam Rockwood of Coquitlam scored at 15:06 of the third period, a shorthanded, unassisted goal, to give the host Express a 4-3 lead. Bo Pieper of Roseville, Minn., scored at 1:43 of the third as the Express overcame a 3-2 deficit heading into the final frame. Jace Hennig of Coquitlam, at 3:19 of the first, and Canon Pieper of Roseville, Minn.,, at 7:15 of the second, also scored for the Express in front of 1,510 fans.
Colton Sparrow of Vernon, at 42 seconds of the second, and Brendan Persley of Kelowna, with back-to-back goals at 10:25 and 18:57, replied for the Vipers. Sparrow finished with three points, including assists on Persley's goals.
Austin Smith of Calgary stopped 26 shots for Vernon, while Gordie Defiel of Stillwater, Minn., made 35 saves for Coquitlam. Both teams were scoreless on the power play, with Vernon going 0-for-3 and Coquitlam 0-for-2.
In Game 3 on Monday night in Coquitlam, Ryan Rosenthal of Montvale, N.J., was the game hero, scoring the winning goal at 12:16 of overtime after tying the game with 1:11 to go in regulation time as the Express won 3-2. Vernon led 2-0 at one point, but couldn't hold its lead, as Coquitlam scored three unanswered goals.
Brendan Lamont of Langley also scored and Corey Mackin of Philadelphia had two assists as the Express took a 3-0 series in lead in front of 1,163 fans.
In Game 2 on Saturday night, Coquitlam won 4-3 in overtime, overcoming deficits of 2-0 and 3-1. In the series opener on Friday, the Express rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 4-3 to win 6-4. Vernon scored three times in the first of Game 1, only to give up three goals in the second to make it 3-3, then the game's final three goals.
As BCHL champions, Coquitlam advances to the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup in Dauphin, Man., April 25 to May 4. Vernon, meanwhile, will have to sit and rest for the upcoming RBC Cup, which it hosts, May 10-18.