It is still a couple of weeks until Groundhog Day, but when the Vancouver Canadians left this rink this afternoon, they probably felt as though they were living through the same mad, repetitive world occupied by Bill Murray in the 1993 film.
Less than twelve hours after losing 3-2 at the hands of the Valley West Hawks, the Canadians dropped the second match of the two game set with the Hawks by an identical 3-2 score.
Trailing 3-0 in the second period on goals by Rhett Wilcox and Jakob Stukel, the Canadians tried to claw their way back into it.
Defenceman Phoenix Worth’s jumped on a rebound that had taken a strange bounce off the post before dropping into the crease. Worth coaxed the puck over the line to put the Canadians on the board, midway through the second period. Jake Wozney also helped chip away at the Hawks lead, capitalizing on a deflected shot that snuck through a crowd of players before finding him unmarked in front of the net. Wozney blasted a hard shot over the blocker of Hawks goalie Luke Stripp to pull his team within one, halfway through the third.
That would be as close as they Canadians would get, however, as the final ten minutes elapsed without incident, allowing the Hawks to capture four much needed points and vault over the Canadians in the BCMML standings.
The loss was the fourth in a row for the Canadians, who hope to break the cycle at the BCMML Showcase. The event, which includes the BCMML Allstar Game, takes place next weekend in Langley.