Midway through the second Captain Ryan Rosenthal was rubbed off the puck into the boards, then skated off the ice in clear frustration and did not return until the third period but only lasted for one shift before calling it a night. Rosenthal (3) actually opened the scoring for Coquitlam in the contest in the first period, that was followed by a tally from Brendan Lamont (1) which turned out to be the game winner. Winnipeg's lone scorer was Warren Callis (1) on the Power Play.
The game was a goalie battle for the most part. Byron Spriggs of the Blues and Gordie Defiel of the Express stood tall, each facing 33 shots.
Power Plays saw Winnipeg end the night 1 for 4 while Coquitlam was 0 for 3.
The loss for the Blues moves them in to a three way tie for second in the round robin standings with Yorkton and Dauphin, they're 1-1 at the tournament. Coquitlam meanwhile jumps to 2-0 and pretty much clinches a playoff spot for the weekend. The big story of this game however was indeed the loss of Ryan Rosenthal for the Express. Rosenthal has been arguably one of the best players at the Western Canada Cup so far, but who knows how long he'll be out if at all.
The good news for Coquitlam is they have Tuesday off, Winnipeg will be back in action. There's two contests Tuesday, first in the afternoon the Yorkton Terriers battle the Spruce Grove Saints, then the Dauphin Kings and Winnipeg Blues meet in a rematch of the MJHL Final (7:00pm).
Listen to both games on CKDM, it all starts with the Western Canada Cup One Hour Power Play Show at 1:00pm!
|WESTERN CANADA CUP STANDINGS|
Coquitlam Express at 14:49 - Ryan Rosenthal from Zach Hodder and Corey Mackin
Coquitlam Express at 19:20 - Brendan Lamont from Corey Mackin and Marc Biega
Winnipeg Blues at 10:16 (PP) - Warren Callis from Jackson Keane and Clay Tait
Coquitlam Express at 2:37 - Brendan Lamont for Slashing (2 Min.)
Winnipeg Blues at 5:24 - Kamerin Nault for Kneeing (2 Min.)
Coquitlam Express at 8:59 - Joey Santucci for Slashing (2 Min.)
Winnipeg Blues at 12:40 - Warren Callis for Cross Checking (2 Min.)
Winnipeg Blues at 15:11 - Cody Danylchuk for Roughing After Whistle (2 Min.)
Coquitlam Express at 16:28 - Canon Pieper for Hooking (2 Min.)
Coquitlam Express at 10:57 - Cameron Marks for Holding (2 Min.)
REFEREE 1 Trevor Peluk
REFEREE 2 Marc Dubrieul
LINESMAN 1 Darrrell Surminski
LINESMAN 2 Jeremie Gauvin