The Coastal Conference leading Cowichan Valley Capitals showed the Express why they currently occupy their position in the standings by rallying to knock off the Express 5-4 Sunday afternoon.
It was the third game in as many nights for both clubs. The two teams showed good energy to start the game.
It was also Teddy Bear toss night for the Express and they gave the fans what they came for early on with a goal to throw their teddy bears. Alex Petan roofed a rebound of a Clinton Atkinson point shot for his 20th goal of the season.
Just over two minutes later the Caps pulled even. Coming off a 6 point performance the night before, Devin Gannon kept up his hot play scoring a powerplay goal of his own to tie the game at one.
Brady Shaw re-stored the Express lead in the second period showing his good hand eye coordination re-directing a Clinton Atkinson point shot.
Again the lead didn't last long, and Cowichan's top line of Devin Gannon, Jake Charles and Matt Brown teamed up to pull the Caps even. A quick pass from the boards to a wide open Jake Charles who tipped it to Brown who had a tap in to put past Khaleed Devji.
Coquitlam scored their third powerplay goal in as many opportunities to take the lead for a third time. Zach Hodder rushed the puck up ice then fired a great cross ice backhand pass to John Siemer who snapped it home for his 3rd goal in as many games.
The Express took their lead to the room after two periods. It appeared to be in good shape with the Express limiting the Caps to just 10 shots through two periods.
Cowichan Valley took their game up a notch in the third. Steven Iacobellis tied it up at 3 as he banged home the rebound off the end boards from a shot by Matthew Grant.
Another goal from a rebound off the end boards put Cowichan Valley in the lead for the first time as Matthew Grant banged home the rebound of a Matt Brown point shot.
Brown then added his second of the game to give the Caps some insurance as turned and wired a rocket of a shot over the glove of Khaleed Devji.
The Caps surpassed their shot total from the first two periods by sending 13 shots Devji's way in the third.
John Siemer scored his second of the game with 11 seconds left to cut the lead back down to one, but that would be as close as the Express would come.
The Caps top line of Devin Gannon, Jake Charles, and Matt Brown finished the game combining for 3 goals and 5 assists for 8 points. That is on the heels of that trio combining for 13 points the night before vs. Langley. They have now picked up 11 goals and 17 assists for 28 points in the last 3 meetings with the Express. All Capital victories.