Somewhere along the Cariboo Highway, momentum made a wild dash and left the Coquitlam Express to their own devices.
The result wasn't what the visitors had hoped for, dropping back-to-back road games to the Prince George Spruce Kings.
The Kings bested Coquitlam 6-4 on Saturday, and followed that with a polished 4-1 decision on Sunday to move five points ahead of the Express in the race for third place.
Coming on the heels of last Wednesday's surprising 3-2 upset of the Chilliwack Chiefs, Coquitlam now holds a 15-9-1 record.
The Express definitely had their chances in both tilts. On Saturday, Marc Biega's shot with 2: 53 left in the first period tied the game at 33. Prince George bounded back in front when Shayne Morrisey scored a pair in the middle period, followed by Chad Staley's second of the night early in the third.
A late goal by Philip Zielonka made it close, but the Kings held on for the win.
Will Cook and Zach Pryzbek rounded out the scoring for the Express, who were outshot 42-35.
A day later, Prince George grabbed a quick lead and added two more in the second period to chase Cole Huggins from the Coquitlam net. Zielonka put the Express on the board with his 15th goal of the season - and league-leading ninth straight game that he's scored.
The 19-year-old right winger has also posted points in every game except his debut with the club back on Oct. 20. In 17 games, the Montreal native has accumulated 15 goals and nine assists.
Getting offence from other lines on a consistent basis remains a problem, coach Jon Calvano said.
"The biggest hurdle is execution," he noted. "We've had our chances, we put up 40 [shots] on Sunday and should have been fine... We're just not scoring as much as we need to."
Coquitlam wraps up its four-game road trip Friday in Langley, before returning home Saturday to host the Powell River Kings, 7 p.m. at the Poirier Sports Centre. They then take a break and doesn't play again until Dec. 28.