Highlights courtesy of Jorge Parra and Underdog Productions.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015
The Express won their second straight game and their third straight home game with a 5-2 win over the Trial Smoke Eaters.
It was a similar story for the Express Sunday as it was in their win Friday over Vernon. Solid goaltending and plenty of shots for Chris Tai, a big night from the top line, and good special teams.
Thanvir Bandesha opened the scoring for the Express who took a feed out from behind the net for his first Express goal at 4:17. Daniell Lange and Brendan Gulka drew the assists on the goal.
The main story for the Express especially in the first half of the game was Chris Tai. He turned aside all 18 shots in the first period and kept it up in the second period.
He was given some additional offensive support in the second half of the second period as the top line of Brendan Lamont, Corey Mackin and Brett Supinski took care of the Express attack the rest of the way.
Brendan Lamont gave the Express a 2-0 lead when he took a pass from Supinski and ripped a shot over the glove of goaltender Brett Clark for his 19th of the season. Lamont now has a 5 game point streak with 4 goals and 5 assists for 9 points in that time.
Then the top line all had a hand in Corey Mackin scoring his 40th of the season as he was able to bang in a loose puck at the side of the Trail net assisted by Supinski and Lamont.
Brett Supinski then got in on the scoring fun by scoring his 39th of the season when his pass intended for Corey Mackin bounced in off the goaltender for a 4-0 Express lead.
The goal extended Supinski's goal streak to eight games with 13 goals and 8 assists in that time. He now has points in 19 of his last 20 outings with 22 goals and 20 assists for 42 points in that time.
Corey Mackin then capped off a big afternoon for the top line by wiring home his 2nd of the game on the power play in the third period for a 5-0 Express lead. The Express went two for 7 on the power play. On the other side of the special teams the Express had a second consecutive perfect outing on the penalty kill shutting down all 5 Trail advantages.
Mackin now has 83 points on the season. He has 4 goals and 10 assists for 14 points during a 5 game point streak. The line of Lamont, Mackin and Supinski combined for 4 goals and 4 assists for 8 points.
Chris Tai had his bid for his first shutout of the season spoiled with two Trail goals just over three minutes apart by Jake Lucchini and Jordan Passmore. Those would be the lone blemishes on a very solid night for Tai who finished with 39 saves.
Just one game for the Express next week who host Surrey on Friday night.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Vernon looked to pick up right where they left off when they knocked off the Express last Saturday when they fired 59 shots. The first period five minutes looked similar as they jumped on Coquitlam. Colton McCarthy scoring on a wrap around and Thomas Aldworth with a wrist shot from the left wing got the Vipers off on the right foot in the first five minutes.
As quickly as the Vipers started, the Express responded in kind. Brett Supinski started his big night by getting the Express on the board just 32 seconds after Aldworth's goal by snapping a quick shot through the legs of Danny Todosychuk. That was followed just over five minutes later on a goal by Brendan Lamont with a wrist shot over Todosychuk's glove.
The top line of Corey Mackin, Brett Supinski and Brendan Lamont all had a hand in the first two Express goals.
Penalty killing had been taking it's lumps for the Express in recent outings. But it had a big impact on helping the Express get the two points. They killed off all 5 Vernon power plays. Their best work came in the first period on a 51 second Vernon 5 on 3. And two Vernon power plays in the third period with the Express protecting the lead.
As the second period began, Chris Tai's best work began to come to the forefront. The ice would become very heavily shifted towards the Express net in the final two periods but Tai rose to the challenge. He turned aside 20 of 21 Vernon shots in the middle period. The only goal to beat him in the second was Liam Finlay's first of two on the night.
Two goals for the Express in the final minutes of the second period gave them a 4-3 lead heading to the third period. Jackson Cressey finished off a couple of great passes by Brett Supinski and Corey Mackin for a power play goal to tie the game at three. Then in the final minute of the period Corey Mackin put the puck on a tee for Supinski who bombed away for his second of the night. That goal gave BCHL scoring leader Corey Mackin 80 points on the season. He finished the night with a season high five assists which also ties an Express franchise record for assists in a game. Supinski hit the 70 point mark with his late second period goal. They now have 81 and 71 points respectively.
Supinski then completed his second consecutive hat-trick and third three goal game of the season with a shot through the legs of Todosychuk at 6:30 of the third period. Supinski finished with three goals and two assists. He now has a seven game goal streak with twelve goals and five assists for seventeen points. He has points in 18 of his last 19 games.
Liam Finlay made things interesting with his second of the night with just over three to go, but they couldn't puck another puck past Chris Tai. The Express net minder turned aside 31 of 33 Vernon shots in the final two periods to earn the win.
Up next the Express host the Trail Smoke Eaters Sunday afternoon.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
6’1’ 195 lb, 19 year old native of Harwood MD, is in his first season in the BCHL. He's been a very steady presence at both ends of the rink. This season he has 8 goals and 25 assists for 33 points in 45 games. His point production this season is among the top 10 for BCHL defencemen.
"We are very happy and proud of Daniel. He has been an offensive threat for us all season and been solid defensively." - Express Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff.
The Bobcats will be very happy with him both as a player and a person. "I would like to thank all the people that supported me in my hockey career so far, expecially my parents and the Coquitlam Express".- Daniel Fritz
The Quinnipiac Bobcats play in the ECAC, the school is located in Hamden CT.
He will be teammates next season with former members of the Express Bo and Canon Pieper who are both in their first year at Quinnipiac.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
The win snapped a 4 game losing streak for the Express while also snapping the Kings 4 game winning streak in the process.
Balanced offense and goaltending paced the Express in the victory. The scoring came from three different lines. Chris Tai in the Express goal made 36 saves for the win.
It didn't start well for the Express who saw Powell River take a 2-0 first period lead on powerplay goals by Jarid Lukosevicius and Jeremy Leclerc to put the Express in the early hole. Both goals were the tried tested and true method of pucks to the net. The first goal being a wrister through traffic that found a hole. The second being the puck put on a tee for Leclerc who blasted it home.
The second period saw the Express find their way.
Brendan Lamont got the comeback started by finding a loose puck at the side of the Kings net to tap in his 15th of the season on the powerplay. That was followed 43 seconds later with Brendan Gulka scoring on a slap shot from the right wing to tie the game at two.
1:55 later the Express had their first lead on their second powerplay goal of the period as Brett Supinski took a Corey Mackin pass at the blueline and cut to the net and slide home his 30th goal of the season.
But the lead only lasted 1:53 as the Kings pulled back even at three when Lukosevicius set up Brent Lashuk who put a tap into a gaping 6 x 4. That goal would be the lone puck to get past Chris Tai who turned aside 23 of 24 shots in the final two periods to earn his 12th win of the season.
The tie was broken just over two minutes into the third period when Joey Santucci battled hard to steal the puck in the neutral zone and send in Jackson Cressey who scored on the breakaway for his 9th of the season. That goal turned out to be the game winner. It also assured that the Express would get goals from at least one member of their first three lines.
Captain Joey Santucci finished with two assists picking up his first two points in his third game since returning from injury last weekend in Nanaimo.
The final outcome hung in the balance with just over 8 minutes remaining in the third period.
Brendan Lamont was high sticked behind the Express net, Cole Bevan came to his teammate's defence and he was the only player penalized getting assessed 7 minutes of penalties and nothing for Powell River giving them all that time to use on the powerplay to look for the equalizer having already struck twice on the night on the powerplay.
But what will leave Kings Head Coach Kent Lewis fuming at the end of the night will be seeing his team squander a significant chunk of the extended powerplay by taking two separate minor penalties forcing the Express to kill off only 3 minutes of the Bevan penalties instead of the full 7.
Corey Mackin sealed the win for the Express when he stole the puck and put it into an empty net for his 38th of the season and 7th shorthanded goal on the year. Mackin is now tied with Kyle Turris for most shorthanded goals scored in a season with 7 set in the Express national championship season of 05-06. The BCHL scoring leader finished with a goal and an assist and now has 71 points on the season.
Up next the Express are back on the road Saturday night in Vernon, then trekking even further north to play Sunday afternoon in Prince George.