Saturday, January 20, 2018


Surrey struck three times within the first 12 minutes of the game and never looked back en route to a 4-1 win over the Express Saturday night in Surrey.

The Eagles fast start began in the opening minute of the game with Jackson Ross taking a pass from Johnny Wesley and snapping a shot in off the post past Clay Stevenson.

By the two minute mark of the first period it was 2-0 Surrey when Ty Westgard tipped a Owen Norton shot over the shoulder of Stevenson. By this point Westgard already had a goal and an assist in what would turn out to be a good night for the Eagles playmaker.

The Express had two powerplays shortly after Surrey jumped out to a 2-0 lead to claw their way back into the game, but weren't able to make the most of those opportunities.

Then on Surrey's first power play of the night a breakdown in the Express zone allowed BCHL goal scoring leader John Wesley to find himself free in front of Stevenson and Wesley made no mistake sliding home his 32nd of the season for a 3-0 Eagles lead.

At the other end the Express didn't generate many chances on Eagles goaltender Daniel Davidson. Some of the best chances he faced from the Express came in the middle frame on a deflection by Josh Bruce that went wide. Then seconds later Linell couldn't finish. A third good chance for the Express saw Jack MacNab power out of the corner, but couldn't beat Davidson who took away the bottom part of the net.

Ty Westgard picked up his fourth point of the night poking home a loose puck at the side of the Express net midway through the 2nd period. Westgard finished with two goals and two assists. His wingman Johnny Wesley had one goal and two assists.

Daniel Davidson finished 31 saves on 32 Express shots. The only puck to beat him was a deflection by Eric Linell midway through the third period set up by Troy Robillard on a power play.

The Eagles edged the Express 34-32 in shots on goal. The Express were 1 for 5 on the power play while Surrey finished 1 for 7.

The Vernon Vipers will visit the Express Sunday afternoon at 2pm for the second meeting of the season between the teams. 


Highlights from the Express 6-3 win over Nanaimo Friday.

Highlights produced by Eddie Gregory


The Express won for a third time in their last four games, and are 3-1-1 in their last 5 following a 6-3 win over Nanaimo.

Former Express Cal Babych opened the scoring for Nanaimo with his 9th of the season at 4:26.

Then former Clipper Jack MacNab left his mark on his former team. He tied the game midway through the first period for his 3rd goal with the Express in his 7th game with the team. MacNab had two goals in 37 games this season with Nanaimo.

Late in the first period the Notre Dame committed forward set up Colby Pederson for 2-1 Express lead after 1 period.

Neither team found the back of the net in the second period. Express goaltender Brock Hamm was a big reason why as he turned away all 14 Nanaimo shots in the middle period. He finished with 33 saves to even his record at 7-7-2. He's 7-1-2 in his last 10 games dating back to the coaching change.

For a second straight game the Express poured it on in the second period. Eric Linell who recently committed to UConnn converted a Colby Pederson saucer pass for a 3-1 Express lead at 3:38.

Parker Colley briefly pulled Nanaimo back within one.

Jake Toor returned to the lineup for his first game since November 4th and fourth game overall this season. He buried a loose puck in the Clippers crease for a 4-2 Express lead.

That was followed 34 seconds later by Josh Wildauer burying the rebound of a Sam Kozlowski shot. Christian Sanda scored the 4th Express goal in just under 7 minutes for a shorthanded tally to open up a 6-2 Express lead.

The Express have outscored their opposition 8-2 in the third period of their last two games. And 14-4 in their last two games.

Brad Belisle rounded out the scoring for Nanaimo at 14:53 on a Clipper two man advantage.

Josh Wildauer, Jack MacNab and Colby Pederson all finished with 1 goal and 1 assist. 12 players total hit the scoresheet.

Up next for the Express is a Saturday visit to Surrey for the third meeting in 8 nights between the teams.

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Photo courtesy of Damon James
Coquitlam Express forward Eric Linell has committed to the University of Connecticut.

The Great Neck New York native is in his first season with the Express. He currently leads the team with 22 goals and 38 points in 42 games. Linell took a little while to find his game at the BCHL level with just 1 assist in his first 7 games. But since then he has 22 goals and 37 points in his last 35 games.

Linell's 22 goals this season currently rank him 5th in the BCHL. He's in a cluster of players with 4 game winning goals that is the 3rd highest total in the BCHL. Two of his game winning goals have come in overtime. 

During the week of November 27th to December 3rd he scored 5 consecutive goals for the Express in three games and was named the BCHL's player of the week.

Congratulations Eric. 


Highlights from the Express 8-1 win over Surrey Wednesday.

Highlights produced by Eddie Gregory.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Jordan Schulting scored twice - Photo courtesy of Damon James 
In their highest offensive output since their season opener last season, the Express handed the Surrey Eagles a convincing 8-1 setback. The last time the Express scored 8 goals in a game was 100 games ago a 8-7 win at the South Surrey Arena to raise the curtain for the 2016-17 season.

The veterans certainly chipped in to the win. But the guys who get less of the headlines stole the show for their offensive contributions.

Nick Amsler had 2G, 1A
Photo courtesy of Damon James 
AP Nick Amsler playing in his 3rd game with the Express scored his first two BCHL goals and added an assist, Devon Mussio scored his first BCHL goal and added a helper, Lucas Wong had three assists and Haydn Delorme had a pair of helpers.

Right from the start the Express played fast and with purpose. It didn't take long for them to get the rewards.

Josh Wildauer fired a hard rink wide pass to Colby Pederson who danced past an Eagles defenseman and scored a snap shot past Mario Cavaliere at 1:18. The Eagles goaltender came into the game as the reigning BCHL player of the week after posting back to back shutouts over Langley and Cowichan Valley and was already being given the nickname "Super Mario".

Then some of the kids started to leave their mark on the game. Lucas Wong raced after a puck deep in the Surrey zone and from behind their net put a perfect pass into the slot on the tape of Nick Amsler who looked like a pure goal scorer dropping to his knee and snapping home a one timer for his first BCHL goal at the 3:00 mark.

It was 3-0 Express at the 11 minute mark. Jordan Schulting showed good patience at the blueline and took an extra moment to wait for traffic and walk the line before snapping home a wrist shot for his 5th of the season.

The penalty killing has been one area that has really tightened up in the last few weeks. Tonight they had another perfect night killing off all 5 Eagles powerplays in the first 32 minutes of the game. The Express have now killed 30 straight shorthanded situations.

BCHL goal scoring leader John Wesley and his 31 goals was back in the Eagles lineup after not playing when these teams met Saturday. It was a frustrating night for the league's top sniper who got some chances throughout the game and was unable to finish.

After a Wesley chance at one end, the Express quickly turned the play the other way and Troy Robillard joined the rush and buried his 4th of the season for a 4-0 Express lead. Robillard also had an assist.

Surrey's lone goal of the night came 1:10 after Robillard's goal as Ty Westgard snapped home his 10th of the season past Brock Hamm. That would be the only goal to get past the Express netminder who was solid with 27 saves.

The Express poured it on in the third period. Eric Linell converted a set up from Devon Mussio for a 5-1 lead at 2:30.

Then mid third Nick Amsler found a loose puck in front of the Surrey net to bury his second goal of the night to make it 6-1.

Head Coach Jason Fortier recognizing how well some of his younger players were going, rewarded them with some third period power play time. They didn't let the coach down. Right off a won face-off in the Surrey zone Amsler set up Wong in the slot whose shot was tipped home in front of the net by Devon Mussio for his first BCHL goal. It was a long wait for the Express defenceman who was dressed for his 96th career BCHL game Wednesday night.

Then just over a minute later Jordan Schulting put the finishing touches on the game scoring his second of the net burying a loose puck that Will Lawerence in the slot. That goal chased Mario Cavaliere after 8 goals in 28 shots.

The Express return to action Friday night when they will host the Nanaimo Clippers. They will see Surrey again Saturday night in Surrey. 

Monday, January 15, 2018


Highlights from the Express weekend home games.

Saturday's 4-1 win over Surrey.

Sunday's meeting with Chilliwack.

Highlights produced by Eddie Gregory.