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Monday, April 18, 2016

GREEN COMMITS TO MOUNT ROYAL

Photo courtesy of Damon James
The Coquitlam Express are pleased to announce that defenseman Taylor Green (95) has committed to Mount Royal University (CIS) in Calgary.

Green recently completed a four year junior career in both the WHL and BCHL. He spent most of his first three years of junior hockey in the WHL with Seattle, Brandon and Moose Jaw dressing in 144 games with 4 goals and 17 assists for 21 points.



He completed his junior career in the BCHL with the Nanaimo Clippers and Coquitlam Express. The majority of his 83 games in the BCHL were with the Express where he dressed for 76 games.

The Port Coquitlam native was acquired by the Express from Nanaimo in January 2015 for future considerations. He finished the 2014-15 season with an offensive flurry with 4 goals and 9 points in 18 games. His four goals to end the season were the most by an Express defenseman that season going forward from the time he was acquired.

In his final season of junior hockey, the 6'7 defenseman would enjoy his finest year in 2015-16. He would be named an alternate captain prior to the season. He logged valuable minutes every night matching up against the oppositions best players and combined his size and smooth skating ability to be a very effective defender.

He dressed for all 58 games in 2015-16, he finished tied for the team lead in scoring among defenseman with 6 goals and 31 assists for 37 points. His 31 helpers led all Express blue liners. At the end of the season Green was recognized as the Express' top defenceman. He also appeared in 9 career playoff games in an Express uniform. In 76 career games with the Express he had 10 goals and 36 assists for 46 points.

Congratulations Taylor.




Monday, March 28, 2016

EXPRESS ALUMS AT NCAA REGIONALS

The frozen four teams were determined this weekend with the regional play downs.

There were a number Express alumni playing this past weekend in win and you move on games in the NCAA tournament.

QUNNIPIAC ADVANCES TO FROZEN FOUR

The number 1 team in the country the Bobcats are the only team featuring Express alumni that have moved on to Tampa Bay.

The weekend started for Bo Pieper and company started Saturday with a  4-0 win over RIT in the East Regional semi final. Click here for video highlights.  Click here for boxscore

Former Penticton Vee Travis St. Denis and former Chilliwack Chief Scott Davidson was among the goal scorers. Former Surrey Eagle Devon Toews had three assists. Michael Gartieg the former Penticton Vee made 27 saves for the shutout.

In the East Regional final Qunnipiac punched their second trip to the Frozen Four in four years with a 4-1 win over UMass Lowell. Click here for NCAA story Click here for video highlights

Scott Davidson scored for a second straight game. Bo Pieper had 1 shot and was a +1. Devon Toews was a +4. Michael Gartieg needed to only make 14 saves.

Qunnipiac will face Boston College Thursday April 7th at 2pm. Catch the game on TSN2.

Other Express alums on Qunnipiac are Bo's brother Canon who's only played two games this season and none since October. Daniel Fritz hasn't played all season.

FERRIS STATE GOES DOWN IN WEST REGIONAL

It's been a successful first college season for Corey Mackin who was the WCHA rookie of the year. He along with teammate and Burnaby Express alum Simon Denis won the WCHA championship. For Denis he was a sentimental story playing in his 5th season of college hockey after missing a significant amount of time during his college career with a neck injury.

Ferris State opened their NCAA tournament taking on St. Cloud State. It was a back and forth game that saw Ferris State advance 5-4 in overtime. Click here for boxscore Click here for video highlights

Ferris State had leads of 2-1 after 1 period and 4-2 after two periods. St. Cloud State forced overtime with two goals in the third period. Former Penticton Vee Joey Benik tied the game at four.

It only took 18 seconds of overtime hockey for Ferris State to advance on a goal by Jared Vanwormer.

Ferris State faced Denver in the West Regional final. This was another back and forth game that saw Denver ultimately advance by a 6-3 score. Click here for boxscore Click here for video highlights

Corey Mackin was among the Ferris State goal scorers in the first period. He finished the game with one goal and one assist.


Denver will face North Dakota in the second Frozen Four game Thursday April 7th at 5:30 PM.

The championship game will be played Saturday April 9th. Click here for NCAA tournament bracket.

In other NCAA tournament games featuring teams with Express alumni on the roster, Ryan Rosenthal's Northeastern Huskies fell 6-2 to North Dakota Friday in a Midwest Regional semi final. Rosenthal didn't play.

Alexander Kerfoot and Harvard University fell 4-1 to Boston College in a Northeast Regional semi final Friday. Next season Alexander and Colton Kerfoot will be teammates at Harvard. The older Kerfoot will dress in his senior season.

Boston University was eliminated by Denver 7-2 in a West Regional semi final Saturday. Eric Udahl didn't dress for a single game with BU after leaving the Express mid-season for BU during the Christmas break.


Friday, March 25, 2016

HOWAT COMMITTS TO NORTHERN MICHIGAN

Photo courtesy of Damon James
The Coquitlam Express are very proud to announce that goaltender Tyger Howat (95) has committed to Northern Michigan University for the fall of 2016.



The commitment allows the Brighton Michigan native to play college hockey in his home state. This season with the Express Howat posted a 9-12-1 record in 25 games with a 3.80 GAA and .909 save percentage. He also appeared in one playoff game. Howat also played in 13 games with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs during the 2013-14 season.

Photo courtesy of Damon James
"We're extremely proud of Tyger, and seeing him get this opportunity is a huge feather in Tyger's cap. He's faced a lot of adversity in his junior career and he just kept pushing forward every time there was a road block. His continued perseverence and ability to stay focused on his goals is all something we can learn from and something Tyger should be very proud of." Said Express Head Coach and GM Barry Wolff.

"I would like to thank the Express coaching staff, Barry Wolff, Rob Boyd and goalie coach Joey Ali for making my 20 year old year a memorable one. Getting an opportunity to return to play in the BCHL was everything I thought it would be. I am very thankful for the opportunity to continue my development which led to this Northern Michigan opportunity. I can not thank them enough. Said Tyger Howat.

Northern Michigan plays in the WCHA conference and are located in Marquette Michigan. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

EXPRESS ALUMS WIN NCAA LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS

It's NCAA playoff time and a number of Express alumni have gone head to head in their respective league playoffs.

And a number of them won their respective league championships.

HOCKEY EAST CHAMPIONS NORTHEASTERN:

Ryan Rosenthal's Northeastern Huskies are the Hockey East champions. In the hockey east semi finals they defeated Thatcher Demko and Boston College. Then defeated UMass-Lowell in the final.

Click here for the Northeastern game story. 



ECAC CHAMPIONS QUINNIPIAC:

Bo and Canon Pieper at Qunnipiac are ECAC champions. They defeated Express alums Alexander Kerfoot and Phil Zielonka and Harvard University for the title. Bo Pieper scored for Qunnipiac as they opened up a 3-0 lead Saturday. Click here for Qunnipiac game story Qunnipiac has had a fantastic season and will be the number one seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament.

WCHA CHAMPIONS FERRIS STATE:

The winning beat goes on for Corey Mackin, he along with another Express alum Simon Denis are the WCHA champions. Along the way they defeated Alex Petan's Michigan Tech Huskies in the semi finals. Then they defeated Cole Huggins and Minnesota State 2-1 to win the WCHA title.

Mackin this year was named the WCHA rookie of the year. As part of Minnesota State's runs to the WCHA final they defeated Gordie Defiel and Lake Superior State in the quarter final last weekend in a best of three. Lake Superior's lone win was a 2-0 shutout win where Defiel made 57 saves.

Click here for Ferris State game recap



Today was selection Sunday for the NCAA tournament which leads to the Frozen Four. Click here for the NCAA tournament matches

Quinnipiac will face RIT in one East Regional first round game. Ferris State will face St. Cloud State in the West Regional first round game. 

Northeastern will face North Dakota in one of the Midwest Regional first round games.

Harvard will play Boston College in one of the Northeast Regional first round games.

The Frozen Four will be held April 7-9 in Tampa Bay. 



Friday, March 18, 2016

BARROW NAMED TO ALL ROOKIE TEAM

Coquitlam Express defeceman Charlie Barrow has been named to the BCHL's all rookie team for the 2015-16 season.

Barrow (96), a Belmont Massachusetts native in his only season with the Express tied with Merritt's Michael Faulkner as the top scoring rookie defeceman in the BCHL with 37 points (9G, 28A) while dressing for all 58 games.

Next season he will attend Holy Cross.

See the full release of BCHL All star teams below.

Just at Round 2 of the BC Ford Dealers Road to the Fred Page Cup BCHL Playoffs get started tonight, the league is announcing its All-Star Teams for the 2015-16 season.

The results come from polling of BCHL play-by-play broadcasters.

BCHL 1st Team All-Stars:

F – Tyson Jost, Penticton Vees
F – Sheldon Rempal, Nanaimo Clippers
F – Scott Conway, Penticton Vees

D – Dante Fabbro, Penticton Vees
D – Yanni Kaldis, Nanaimo Clippers

G – Jeff Smith, Powell River Kings

BCHL 2nd Team All-Stars:

F – Jordan Kawaguchi, Chilliwack Chiefs

F – Jonathan Desbiens, West Kelowna Warriors
F – Colin Grannary, Merritt Centennials

D – Dennis Cholowski, Chilliwack Chiefs
D – Adam Brubacher, Powell River Kings

G – Anthony Brodeur, Penticton Vees

All-Rookie Team:

F – Vimal Sukumaran, Chilliwack Chiefs
F – Easton Brodzinski, Penticton Vees

F – Odeen Tufto, Vernon Vipers

D – Michael Faulkner, Merritt Centennials
D – Charlie Barrow, Coquitlam Express

G – Garrett Nieto, Wenatchee Wild

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

CHIEFS COMPLETE SWEEP OF EXPRESS

Aidan Pelino save on A. McIlMurray - Photo courtesy of Damon James

The Chilliwack Chiefs are off to the Mainland division final with a 5-1 win in game 4 of the Mainland division semi final vs. the Express. Chilliwack completed a four game sweep of the series. Click here for boxscore



Ryan Coghlan & J. Kawaguchi - Photo courtesy of Damon James

Chilliwack left no doubt early on they planned on putting this series to bed Tuesday.

Kale Kane opened the scoring with a wrist shot from the right wing beating Lawson Fenton. That started the most dominant opening period of the series for the Chiefs. Chilliwack did score four times in the first period in game 2 Saturday, but they really controlled the play in the opening 20 Tuesday that was more lopsided than their four goal game 2 start.

Jake Smith took advantage of an Express turnover two minutes after Kane's goal and snapped home a wrist shot for a 2-0 lead.

Four minutes later Jordan Kawaguchi dug a the puck out of skates in the corner and found a pinching in Rylan Bechtel who snapped home a one timer for a 3-0 Chiefs lead before the game was 11 minutes old. At that point Chilliwack had a 11-2 advantage in shots and finished the period outshooting the Express 16-6.

Mark Esposito gave Chilliwack a 4-0 lead four minutes into the second period.



Austin McIlMurray put his finishing touches on a strong series by scoring his 4th goal of the series, and the lone Express goal on the night pouncing on a loose puck in front of Aidan Pelino.

Ryan Forbes put the finishing touches on the series scoring his 2nd of the series four minutes into the third.

Chilliwack limited the Express to just 14 shots while sending 37 pucks the way of Lawson Fenton.

Not only did the Chiefs sweep the Express in this four game series, they swept all eleven head to head meetings with the Express in the regular season and playoffs.

V. Sukumaran & Lawson Fenton - Photo courtesy of Damon James
It's the first time in 8 head to head playoff meetings between the Express and Chiefs that ends in a sweep. The Express are swept in a playoff series for just the second time in their 15 season history. The previous sweep coming in 2011 at the hands of the Surrey Eagles.

The Chiefs did an excellent job spreading their attack around in the four game sweep with 16 of 19 skaters that dressed for Chilliwack in the series registering at least a point.

Jordan Kawaguchi paced Chilliwack's balanced attack with a two point effort in each of the four games in the series. His final numbers that last two years vs. the Express is remarkable. In 24 games vs. the Express in the regular season and playoffs the last two years he scored 24 goals and 20 assists for 44 points.

Chilliwack will play the winner of the Wenatchee Wild and Langley Rivermen series in the Mainland division final.

I would like to thank everyone with the Express organization for another season to broadcast their games. Everyone within the organization from the coaches, support staff, office staff and most importantly the players who have been excellent to deal with this season and every year i've been involved in the organization.

Thanks to CKPM 98.7 for picking up the broadcasts this year and everyone who took time to listen.

Thank you to the parents of the players for their support this season and taking time to listen to the broadcasts. I really appreciate it.

And thank you for taking time to visit this blog. September can't come fast enough.








ADAM'S OT HEROICS PUT THE EXPRESS ON BRINK

Mat Michie & Linden Hora - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
Austin Adam's OT goal gave Chilliwack a 4-3 win over the Express in game 3 of the Mainland division semi final. Chilliwack now owns a commanding 3-0 lead in the series putting the Express on the brink of elimination. Click here for boxscore

Lawson Fenton & V. Sukumaran - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
Coming off a lopsided 9-1 loss in game 2 Saturday, the Express needed to find their defensive structure in game 3 that they showed in game 1 that pushed Chilliwack to need an OT win in the series opener. In game 3 Monday the Express found that structure again in their game.

That allowed the Express to keep the game close all night and come within a single shot of a victory for a second time in three games this series.

But for a third straight game in this series Chilliwack opened the scoring. Dennis Chowlowski beat Lawson Fenton with a wrist shot up over his glove.

Jackson Cressey & Austin Adam - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
Special teams throughout the night had big moments at various times in game 3. The Express killed of the second Chiefs power play of the first period with Ryan Coghlan in the box for roughing after he went after Jordan Kawaguchi in frustration after the Chiefs sniper got the better of Coghlan after he lined up Kawaguchi for a hit.

In the final minute of the 1st period the teams traded chances with the Express on the power play. Jake Smith missed an open net on a 2 on 1 shorthanded chance. The Express went the other way and Aidan Pelino robbed Taylor Green on a set up from Colton Kerfoot on a 2 on 1 for a second straight game.

Moments later the Express power play broke through. Cam Bertsch threw the puck at the net from the left wing and it bounced in to tie the game at one.



Ryan Forbes and Linden Hora were called for elbowing and charging second period penalties at the same time giving the Express a full two minute two man advantage. The Express quickly made the Chiefs pay with Austin McIlMurray scoring on a one timer from the left circle set up by Charlie Barrow for a 2-1 Express lead.

The Express power play up until that point had been the lone source of offense in the series. The first five goals for the Express in the series have all come with the man advantage.



In the playoffs mistakes are always magnified much more than they are in the regular season. Teams can't be gifted opportunities when they have the skill to make teams pay.

Austin McIlMurray scored twice - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
That is exactly what happened allowing the Chiefs to even the score. Blake Hayward swatted Kohen Olischefski's stick on the ice away as Olischefski went to pick it up. The officials rightly called Hayward for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Jordan Kawaguchi only needed 20 seconds on the power play to make the Express pay poking home a loose puck for his third of the series to tie the game at 2.

The second period was a seasaw affair and the Express took their second lead, again it was Austin McIlMurray snapping home a pass from Alex Ambrosio in the slot to give the Express their second lead of the night at 3-2.

This lead didn't last either for the Express. Jeremy Germain scored on his own rebound to tie it at three after two periods.

Chilliwack has had trouble shutting down the Express power play in this series. The Express finished the night 2 for 5. But Chilliwack got two big penalty kills at a key time. The Express had their second two man advantage late in the second that carried over into the third period.

The Express weren't able to strike for a second time on a 5 on 3 and the game was tied at three.

Now the series really hung in the balance in the third period in a 3-3 tie. Chilliwack at this point started to control the majority of the play in the Express end. For Coquitlam, they maintained their structure in their own end. And Lawson Fenton shut the door when the Chiefs looked for the lead.

McIlMurray, J. Lansdell & C. Kerfoot - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
Fenton also got a little help as well as Jordan Kawaguchi rang a shot off the post with the Chiefs on their lone power play of the third period.

Chilliwack's puck control allowed them to slowly apply more pressure on the Express hoping they would crack. The Express did a lot of things right in their own end to battle the game to overtime.

Once overtime began it was more of the same for the Chiefs. Lawson Fenton made his best save of overtime off Jeremy Germain with the Express goaltender down but got his left paid on the Chiefs forward's shot.

The dam finally broke on the Express however. Jordan Kawaguchi behind the Express net found in a pinching Austin Adam and Adam sledgehammered the pass past Lawson Fenton to give the Chiefs a 4-3 OT win and 3-0 series lead at 5:23.

Jordan Kawaguchi showed again Monday why is a money player. He scored another key goal after an Express undisciplined penalty to tie the game in the 2nd period. He then set up the game winning goal to put the Chiefs on the brink of a sweep of the Express.

The Express will be playing for the playoff lives and try to avoid the sweep in game 4 Tuesday in Coquitlam.