Chilliwack’s Tipper Higgins squeezes past two Coquitlam Express defenders during a Wednesday night BCHL road game. The Chiefs escaped with a 5-4 overtime win and look ahead to three games in three nights (Friday

Black saves the day with overtime snipe

The Chilliwack Chiefs blew a four goal lead but rebounded in overtime to beat the Coquitlam Express and improve to 12-4-0-1.

Kurt Black scored the game-winning goal 3:29 into overtime Wednesday night as his Chilliwack Chiefs took a 5-4 win over the Coquitlam Express.

Black’s snipe saved the locals on a night where they blew a four goal lead at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre.

Chilliwack held a 1-0 lead after one period. Jordan Kawaguchi netted his fifth of the season just 44 seconds into the game, then added a shorthanded tally midway through period two.

Jake Hand and Ryan Bowen also scored middle-frame markers, also shorthanded, and the Chiefs led 4-0 at the 11:49 mark. The Coquitlam comeback started less than two minutes later, with Cody Boyd getting the Express on the board.

Jackson Cressey’s power play marker at 16:07 got Coquitlam within two heading to the final frame. The Express poured it on in the third period, out-shooting Chilliwack 11-3.

Cory Mackin’s power play snipe at 9:23 led to Joey Santucci’s game tying goal at 16:57. On a bad Chilliwack line change, Santucci snuck behind the D, scoring his seventh of the season to  send the game to OT.

Black’s winner was his sixth goal of the season.

See bchl.ca