It may have been must-watch TV, but Breaking Bad was also the unfortunate theme for the Coquitlam Express' weekend.
The B.C. Hockey League club came up empty in a twin bill against the visiting Prince George Spruce Kings, dropping a pair of one-goal games at the Poirier Sports Centre.
And while both games were close - 3-2 on Friday and Sunday's 4-3 double-overtime setback - there'll be no Emmy parties for being second best.
"We definitely didn't get any bounces but we have to do a better job of going to the net with some urgency," head coach Barry Wolff said. "We're generating a lot of chances but just not willing to pay the price at the net."
For a 3-2-0-2 team that has outscored its rivals by a 31-25 margin, it's a lack of powerplay success that seems to be dogging an otherwise promising start. Their 0-for-9 powerplay mark on the weekend was one particularly sore thumb.
"The powerplay's the thing that once it clicks, it clicks. We just haven't clicked yet," remarked Adam Rockwood, who sits in a three-way tie for the league scoring lead with 13 points.
"I think it's coming, we've got the skill here and we've worked on it a good amount. We've just got to execute, plain and simple."
And while they outshot Prince George on Sunday, the visitors kept most of the Express shooters away from the crease, making things a little easier for netminder Alex Murray.
"I think you create your own bounces," Rockwood said, moments after the Kings' Bryant Christian chipped in the winner 29 seconds into the second extra frame.
"I think we had a lot of chances - they had theirs but we had more, like 40 shots or something. We need to be tougher around our net and tougher around their net."
Goals by Canon Pieper and Corey Mackin had given Coquitlam the lead after 20 minutes. The Kings tied it in the second on a shorthanded breakaway, then jumped ahead early in the third.
Ryan Rosenthal buried a breakaway chance six minutes into the third to force overtime.
All three of the club's losses have been by one goal - something that makes the glass half full.
The club now faces three games in three days, beginning Friday when Chilliwack visits the Poirier Sports Centre. They visit Chilliwack and Surrey on Saturday and Sunday.
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