The Coquitlam Express will have to win Saturday (April 9) if the BC Hockey League team is to keep its playoff train rolling.
The Express lost game five of its best-of-seven series 3-0 in Chilliwack Thursday (April 7) against the Chiefs, who now lead the series 3-2 with the teams heading back to the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex for game six.
Mateo Mrsic scored two goals for the Chiefs.
The first didn’t come until late in the second period when he pounced off a rebound that had popped out of the glove of Express goaltender Carter Woodside and shovelled it into the middle of the net just past his outstretched right pad.
Mrsic’s second goal, 8:30 into the third period, came off a wrap-around after he corralled a bouncing puck behind Coquitlam’s net.
Kienan Draper added an empty-net goal with 11 seconds left in regulation time.
Continuing the pattern that’s been set all series, Chilliwack outshot the Express, 30-23.
Game six puck-drop goes for 7 p.m. tomorrow.
If a seventh game is needed to decide the series, it will be played Sunday (April 10) at the Chilliwack Coliseum.