|All photos courtesy of Todd Pederson Photography:|
The loss even the Express record at 2-2 to complete the round robin and they fell to third place where they will play the Spruce Grove Saints in the 3 versus 4 game Saturday afternoon at 2PM CT/12PM PT. The Express took the round robin meeting between the teams 3-1 on Sunday.
The winner of the Express and Spruce Grove game will play the loser of the Yorkton vs. Dauphin game for the second berth in the RBC cup.
Thursday night the host Kings came out flying and scored in the opening minute of the game when Brett Hope blasted a shot from the point past Gordie Defiel.
Hope would add his second of the night with 1:28 remaining in the first period as he scored on a 2 on 1 rush.
The Express were hoping to re-group and try turn the tables in the second period, but Brent Wold scored just 30 seconds into the period for a 3-0 lead.
Wold then added his second of the night finishing off a set up from Justin Valentino.
Zach Hodder finally got the Express on the board in the final minute of the 2nd period when his wrist shot beat Jordan Piccolino on a wrist shot.
Mark Whiteley made things interesting in the opening minute of the third period as he scored his first goal of the post season surprising Piccolino with a shot from the point.
The Express power play finished 0 for 5 and didn't score a goal in the round robin going 0 for 15 through the first 4 games.
The final minute saw the teams trade goals with Mitch Vanteeling scoring into an empty net for Dauphin shorthanded. Jace Hennig rounded out the scoring with 15 seconds remaining in the game.
Friday is a off day at the Western Canada Cup with the awards banquet the only thing on the schedule.
Now the Express can reflect on the week that was Friday, assess what has gone right and wrong as they now try and prepare for a 2 game set to try and earn a berth in the RBC cup in the weekend.