The Chilliwack Chiefs fan with the sign requesting more goals got his wish Saturday night at Prospera Centre.
But he should have been more specific.
The Chiefs' four goals against the Coquitlam Express at home may have been the most the team scored all season, but the visiting Coquitlam Express lit up the Chief's net with nine of their own.
With the 5-2 loss in Coquitlam on Friday night, the Chiefs goalies Josh Halpenny and Lyndon Stanwood combined to let in 14 goals in just two games.
Stanwood let in all five Friday. He then made 20 saves on 25 shots in 27:40 of action Saturday. And Halpenny let in four goals on 17 shots in the remaining 32:20.
The game started badly Saturday as Ryan Rosenthal put the Express on the board just 45 seconds in on a high-glove shot that beat starter
Halpenny. The next 10 minutes of hockey was promising for the local team with a number of chances and one solid, if unfruitful, power play.
At 12:20 in the first period, Halpenny's night ended as he was beaten by Canon Pieper to make it 2-0 for the visitors.
Stanwood came in and didn't fare much better as Pieper scored his second shorthanded and then Corey Mackin beat the backup on a soft goal floated at the net.
That fourth goal extinguished the upbeat atmosphere in the rink from 12 seconds earlier as 16-year-old Abbotsford native Jordan Kawaguchi scored his first BCHL goal jumping on a loose puck on a rebound. It seemed every bright light for the Chiefs Saturday was quickly snuffed out by an Express goal or a bad Chiefs play.
Five minutes into the second period Stanford stood up to stop a breakaway. But this was followed by a Cooper Rush hit-frombehind, earning him a two-minute penalty and a game misconduct.
The good news? The Chiefs did score four and they had no shortage of chances as they outshot the Express 43 to 42. A similar thing happened in Friday night's loss in Coquitlam as the Chiefs lost 5-2 but outshot the Express 44 to 37.
One thing the Chiefs do not have a problem with is getting the puck on net. They just aren't finishing, which, combined with troubles at the back end, mean they simply
can't win games.
Frustration with the team's inability to score or keep pucks out of its own net has clearly spread to fans.
"C'mon Harv. Get it together. We want a win," read a fan's sign.
Other spots of good news came in the form of Austin Plevy's first of the season shorthanded in the second, a beautiful Andrew Silard goal in the third making it 9-3, and one last power-play marker by Kurt Black on a drive from the corner for the game's final marker.
Friday's goals were scored by Zach Diamantoni from Mathieu Tibbet and by Carter Cochrane from Kurt Black.
Saturday night's loss was the team's sixth in their first eight games of the season leaving them with a 1-6-1-0 record.
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