It wasn't a very good outing for the PCI Trojans in their final Zone IV Hockey League regular season match Sunday afternoon.

They allowed two goals in the third period and fell 4-3 to the Prairie Mountain Mustangs at the BDO Centre. Even though the score was tight it wasn't a very good game out of the home club.

"We were out of it in the first, second, and third periods," sighs head coach Chris DeLong. "That was the worst I've ever seen us in terms of passing. I don't know why we didn't come prepared but it wasn't here today."

The game meant nothing in the standings with the Trojans three points ahead of the Mustangs. It was, however, supposed to be their tone setter heading into the playoffs.

"The guys knew the importance of this game," says DeLong. "It was supposed to be played like a playoff game, that's what we stressed to them before. We told them after, remember this feeling now because if we duplicate this game's efforts it will be a very short playoff series."

The Trojans got out to a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes. Matt Boychuk scored first for PCI four minutes into the game. The Mustangs answered back with a goal of their own at the 10-minute mark of the period. Steven Vey followed that up with a powerplay goal for the Trojans late in the frame to regain their one-goal lead.

The Mustangs were the only team on the board in the second period, and the lackadaisical effort continued from the Trojans.

PCI was handed a gift early into the third period in the form of a weak turnover from Prairie Mountain's goalie that led to a Brandon Page goal. "We really didn't even deserve that one," admits DeLong. "We were really out of it the whole game. We could've had a lot more chances if the effort was there but it wasn't."PAGE GOAL THIRDBrandon Page celebrates his goal to put the Trojans up by a goal in the third period. (Photo by Aaron Wilgosh)

The Mustangs tied the game with just under half a period to go, and with :42 seconds left on the clock, slid the game-winner by goalie Parker Page.

Playoffs Kick Off In Carman

The Trojans will face Carman in their upcoming playoff series. It starts tonight at 7:30 in Carman.

"Other than the 10-nothing blowout I feel our chances against the Cougars are really good," adds DeLong. "We played them really tough and lost a close one 3-2 a couple of weeks ago so we can keep up with them. But we can't even come close to playing the way we did today because it just won't work."

Garden Valley and Pembina play Sunday evening to determine eighth place.

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SCOREBOARD

Tuesday, April 25th

Esso Cup @ Morden
Preliminary Round
Pembina Valley 4 Durham West 1
Prince Albert 6 Mid-Isle 1
St. Albert 4 Triolet 3

Zone 4 High School Baseball League
Northlands Parkway vs PCI (ppd)

Major League Baseball
Interleague
Toronto 6 St. Louis 5 (11 innings)
American League
Houston 4 Cleveland 2
Tampa Bay 2 Baltimore 0
Detroit 19 Seattle 9
Minnesota 8 Texas 1
Chicago 10 Kansas City 5
Los Angeles 2 Oakland 1 (11 innings)
New York at Boston (ppd)
National League
Chicago 1 Pittsburgh 0
Milwaukee 9 Cincinnati 1
Washington 15 Colorado 12
Arizona 9 San Diego 3
Los Angeles 2 San Francisco 1
Atlanta at New York (ppd)
Miami at Philadelphia (ppd)

NBA
Western Conference
Quarter-finals
Houston 105 Oklahoma City 99
(Rockets win best of 7 series 4-1)
San Antonio 116 Memphis 103
(Spurs lead series 3-2)
Utah 96 L.A. Clippers 92
(Jazz lead series 3-2)

Wednesday, April 26th

NHL Playoffs
Western Conference
Semi-finals
Nashville at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Edmonton at Anaheim, 9:30 p.m.
(1st games in best of 7 series)

Esso Cup @ Morden
Preliminary Round
St. Albert vs Prince Albert, 12 p.m.
Durham West vs Mid-Isle, 3:30 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Triolet, 7 p.m.

Zone 4 High School Fastpitch
MCI at WC Miller, 4:15 p.m.
Sanford at Northlands Parkway, 4:15 p.m. Winkler
Morden at Garden Valley, 4:15 p.m. Winkler
Portage Collegiate at Carman (ppd)

Major League Baseball
Interleague
Toronto at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.
American League
Kansas City at Chicago, 1:10 p.m.
Houston at Cleveland, 5:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 6:05 p.m.
Seattle at Detroit, 6:10 p.m.
New York at Boston, 6:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Texas, 7:05 p.m.
Oakland at Los Angeles, 9:07 p.m.
National League
Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 12:40 p.m.
Chicago at Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m.
Miami at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m.
Atlanta at New York, 6:10 p.m.
Washington at Colorado, 7:40 p.m.
San Diego at Arizona, 8:40 p.m.
Los Angeles at San Francisco, 9:15 p.m.

NBA Playoffs
Eastern Conference
Quarter-finals
Atlanta at Washington, 5 p.m.
(best of 7 series tied 2-2)
Chicago at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
(series tied 2-2)

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