Friday, September 21, 2012
Express 6 Dogs 2
It was 1-0 Express after one as they scored on an odd-man rush with a delayed penalty coming to the Dogs as Cameron Marks followed the play and poked a loose puck home through Jay Deo after he had made a fantastic save on the initial chance, 7:24 into the first.
The lead was 2-0 just over three minutes into the second on the power play as Malcolm McKinney was allowed to walk to the net untouched where he slid one through Deo on a deke. Another power play made it 3-0 Express at 14:07 when Justin Georgeson walked to the net and put a perfect writer top corner, glove side. The Dogs battled back to get on the board and make it 3-1 shortly afterwards when Nathan Craft found a rebound in the slot after a hard shot on net by Evan Tironese as the Dogs trailed by two after two.
The Dogs went to the penalty box almost immediately to start the third and again the Express found the net, this time on a deflection by Zachary Pryzbek to make it 4-1. Just 10 seconds later the Dogs replied when Brandon Halls picked off a pass at centre and walked over the Coquitlam line before firing a high hard one at the head of Huggins that went off his glove and in to make it 4-2. The Dogs had several great chances after the goal to make it a one goal game, but they couldn't get a bounce around the net. Instead they got caught pressing as the Express raced up ice on another odd-man rush as Georgeson scored his second of the game ripping one off the post and in, short side for a 5-2 Express lead just short of five minutes into the period. While the Dogs didn't quit and played hard to the bitter end, it was the Express who scored the only goal for the remainder of the game with less than 20 seconds to go as Brady Shaw was left all alone on the door step where he deked one past Deo for the 5-2 final.
Shots favoured the Dogs 36-35 with Jay Deo and Cole Higgins going the distance in net. The Express went 3 for 4 with the man advantage while the Dogs went 0 for 4