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BCHL Final: Express sweep Snakes, win Fred Page Cup
The Fred Page Cup came to a screeching halt as the Coquitlam Express completed the sweep of Vernon Vipers.
The Express won 4-3 Tuesday night at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre. Coquitlam captured their first Fred Page Cup since moving from Burnaby. They now advance to Westerns in Dauphin, Manitoba, April 25 – May 4.
“Three one-goal losses in a row makes it really tough to swallow,” said Vipers’ head coach Jason Williamson.
Jace Hennig got the night started for the Express at 3:19 in the first from Cody Boyd.
Colton Sparrow tied the game 42 seconds into the second from Brett Mulcahy and Brendan Persley.
Canon Pieper cut the Vipers' lead in half with his seventh of the playoffs from his brother Bo and Mark Whiteley 7:15 into the second.
Persley and Sparrow tried to carry the team the rest of the way. Persley scored twice in the second half of the second, both coming from Sparrow.
Bo Pieper tied the game 1:43 in the third from Joey Santucci.
Down 3-0 in the series, tied late in the third period the Vipers headed to the powerplay when Marc Biega took a hooking penalty.
Riley Guenther lost the puck on the powerplay giving Adam Rockwood a chance to take the lead.
Rockwood, the Game 2 hero, punched his teams’ ticket to Dauphin with four minutes and change left on the clock.
Sparrow seemed to tie the game with seconds left on the clock, but the goal was waved off due to a hand pass.
The Vipers have 25 days off now. They won’t play a meaningful game until the RBC Cup, which goes May 10-18 at Kal Tire Place.