As bookends go, the Coquitlam Express wrapped up the season the same way they started it - with a hard fought overtime win.
Unfortunately, the games in between didn't add up to a playoff spot.
The 24-31-1 Express knocked off the B.C. Hockey League regular season champion Surrey Eagles 3-2 in overtime on Saturday in South Surrey, with Michael Maciag's double-overtime goal capping a frustrating season for the Coquitlam crew.
While the Eagles needed the single point to clinch the league banner, it was a former Surrey player who provided the heroics.
Brandon Morley, a one-time Surrey captain, tied the game for Coquitlam midway through the third period, then set up Maciag at 2: 04 of the second overtime period for the win.
Also scoring for the Express was Mitchelle Fyffe, as the visitors trailed until the last shot. Cole Huggins, in his final junior A game, turned aside 34 shots.
For Coquitlam coach Jon Calvano, the win provided a positive ending to a bumpy season that saw the club go from Mainland Division leader to basement in the span of 45 days.
"This definitely was an up and down year, there was nothing consistent about it," he said. "We played some good games and won, played some good games that we lost, and had too many games where we just weren't good enough."
The club finished with the league's second worst record, while losing more than 280 man-games due to injuries.
The third-year coach has no time to dwell on the bad, as he and wife Melissa welcomed a baby boy into their family, born on Tuesday.
For the hockey club, he will meet with the Express ownership in the coming days as part of exit interviews. He feels there is a decent foundation to build upon and, with better luck, will find them in the hunt for a playoff spot.
"I think those players eligible to come back are all potential strong contributors," said Calvano. "It'll be a long spring to digest it."