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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017

BULLDOGS PULL AWAY FROM EXPRESS IN 3RD

Express celebrate parents weekend - Photo courtesy of Damon James
Alberni Valley struck three times in the third period to break open a tight game en route to a 4-2 win over the Express. Click for boxscore
Josh Bruce had a power play goal
Photo courtesy of Damon James

The win salvaged the final game of a three game road trip for the Bulldogs.

It was a penalty filled affair in the first period. Mitchell Oliver opened the scoring for the Bulldogs by beating Brock Hamm with a one timer for a power play goal.



The Express had a lengthy first period two man advantage that buzzed with plenty of chances in the Bulldogs zone but they couldn't finish their chances.

Then on the fourth power play for the Express in the first period Josh Bruce tipped home a pass from Eric Linell to tie the game at one. Troy Robillard made a great play on the goal to hustle and hold the puck in the Bulldogs zone.

Poor ice conditions made for some pretty sloppy hockey for both teams all afternoon long.

The game remained deadlocked until Keaton Mastrodonato beat Brock Hamm with a wrist shot from the right wing midway through the third period.

Less than two minutes later the Express pressed for the equalizer and found it when Doug Scott jumped into the play and found a loose puck in front of the Bulldogs net and poked home his first BCHL goal at 11:37.



That didn't phase the Bulldogs who kept up their attack in the third period. Ryan Steele re-stored the Bulldogs lead just 2 and a half minutes later to make it 3-2. That goal was followed by Jackson Doucet who beat Brock Hamm with a wrist shot up over his glove just 1:18 after Steele's goal at 15:23 to seal the win for Alberni Valley. That goal capped a 17 shot third period for the visitors.

The shots finished 41-28 in favour of Alberni Valley.

Up next for the Express they have a pair of games next weekend up in Prince George.

Friday, November 17, 2017

WILD 5 EXPRESS 1

Murphy Stratton and Jasper Weatherby each scored twice to pace the Wild in a 5-1 win over the Express. Click here for boxscore

Stratton's two goals came in the opening 8 minutes of the game to give the Wild a 2-0 first period lead.

His first goal saw Stratton re-direct a Sam Hesler pass through the pads of Brock Hamm. 3:50 later Stratton snapped home a pass from Chad Sasaki on Wenatchee's first power play of the night. Wenatchee peppered the Express net with 17 first period shots, while at the other end Wild goaltender  Austin Park only saw 5 first period shots sent his way.



Haydn Delorme cut the Wild lead in half on a second period power play. The puck came to the Express rookie in the slot who chopped a shot home for his third goal of the season. The Express went 1 for 3 on the power play.

Then in the final minute of the middle period Delorme had some bad puck luck behind the net. Delorme saw bounce over his stick behind the net when he tried to reverse it but it was stolen by Jasper Weatherby who potted his 20th of the season on a wraparound for a 3-1 Wild lead after 40 minutes.

Weatherby overtook Surrey's John Wesley for the BCHL lead in goals with second of the night and 21st of the season on a two man Wild advantage early in the third period. Wenatchee finished 2 for 5 on the power play.

Cooper Zech rounded out the scoring snapping home a shot from the slot at 18:18.

Wenatchee finished with 47 shots while the Express struggled all night to generate many quality chances finishing with a season low 14 shots. The set back was the 10th straight loss for the Express.

The Express return to action Sunday afternoon when they host the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017

EAGLES SWEEP HOME AND HOME

- Photo courtesy of Damon James
Much like 24 hours ago in Surrey the Express battled the Eagles down to the final moments only to see Surrey seal the game in the final minute with an empty net goal. Saturday it was a 5-3 Eagles win coming on the heels of a 4-2 Surrey win Friday night. Click here for boxscore

Brock Hamm was named first star - - Photo courtesy of Damon James
The start was a different story for the Express. Friday Surrey jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead. Saturday the Express returned the favor.

Haydn Delorme opened the scoring for the Express just over 5 minutes in the game when his wrist shot was stopped by Daniel Davidson but the rebound bounced off a Surrey defender and into the net for his Delorme's of the season.

1:11 later Josh Bruce took advantage of Cory Babichuk getting hauled down and losing the puck springing a breakaway for Bruce who scored for a 2-0 Express lead. It was the third straight game for the Express vs. Surrey that they scored a shorthanded goal.

Former Express Dominic Masellis started the Surrey comeback when he picked off a Express clearing attempt and snapped a shot through the pads of Brock Hamm.

Two minutes after the Masellis goal with the Express already shorthanded, Lucas Wong collided knee on knee with Desi Burgart, the Eagles forward was hurt on the play and didn't return. Wong was assessed a 5 minute major for a game misconduct for kneeing.

On the two man advantage John Wesley who had a hat-trick Friday, teed up a one timer for Owen Norton who fired it home to tie the game at two.

Surrey had four powerplays in the first period which helped their cause to finish the period with a 18-7 advantage in shots. The Express started the game by outshooting Surrey 4-0.

Landon Fuller gave the Express their second lead of the night early in the second period as he blasted home a slap shot for his first Express goal in his second game with the club.



Friday night neither team could strike on a  combined 15 powerplays for the Express and Eagles.

Surrey's Jeffrey Stewart scored the third power play goal of the game when he converted a pass from behind the net to tie the game at 3. The Eagles finished 2 for 8 on the power play while the Express went 1 for 3.

Like many games for the Express this season,


the game was hanging in the balance going to the third period. They needed someone to rise to the occasion to get that key third period goal to get them back in the win column.

Josh Bruce had multiple bids to get that key goal for the Express. In the opening minute of the third period his chance set up by Alex Ambrosio was stopped by Daniel Davidson.

At the 6 minute mark Connor Sundquist had his shot stopped by Brock Hamm, then Chase Danol put the rebound off the post and finally Aaron White buried the third chance to give the Eagles their first lead of the night.

Landon Fuller - Photo courtesy of Damon James
Josh Bruce found himself alone in front of the net and was robbed by Daniel Davidson to keep Surrey in the lead with 4 minutes to play. That goal proved to by the key chance the Express needed to finish for the equalizer.

In the final minute Ryan Brushett hit the empty net to seal the win for Surrey.

The Express have had 16 of their 21 games this season decided by two goals or less. They have 8 games decided by two goals with 5 of those games sealed with an empty net goal by the opposition. That shows just how tight the difference has been between winning and losing for the Express in a good chunk of their games this season.

Up next for the Express is a Thursday visit to the Langley Rivermen. 

WESLEY'S HAT-TRICK PACES EAGLES BY EXPRESS

John Wesley's hat-trick paced the Eagles attack in a 4-2 win Friday night in Surrey. Click here for boxscore

He hit the 20 goal plateau in the first of a home and home between the two teams.

The game saw three new members of the Express make their debut. Oliver Lester and Landon Fuller got the call on the blueline. And Brock Hamm started between the pipes.

Unfortunately for Hamm a 100 game WHL veteran he got off to a rough start. Chase Danol scored on a rebound for a 1-0 Eagles lead just 54 seconds into the game.

Then 54 seconds later Cory Babichuk who returned to the Eagles from the USHL slid a cross ice pass to John Wesley who scored his first of the night.

Rough start with two pucks getting past Brock Hamm within the first two minutes, but then he would settle in and have a pretty strong game the rest of the way.

Moments later another new member of the Express Oliver Lester got tangled up with an Eagle in the corner, he got up on his feet and was seen in discomfort. He didn't return for the rest of the game.

Friday's game was filled with penalties handed out to both sides. When the Express met Surrey two weeks ago their power play let them down going 0 for 5 in a 4-2 loss. It was the same story again Friday night.

The Express were given four first period powerplays, including a brief two man advantage for 11 seconds but the Express were unable to cut into the Eagle lead.

It was hard not to notice the third member of the Express making his debut with the team in the first period. Landon Fuller brings size at 6'5 and puck moving ability to the Express blueline. He narrowly missed connecting with Will Lawrence on a long breakaway pass. Then on the defensive side he used his long reach to poke the puck off the stick of John Wesley cutting in from the right wing.

In the opening moments of the second period Alex Ambrosio broke out with Eric Linell shorthanded. The captain put a pass on the tape of Linell who blasted home a one timer for his 8th of the season. It was the second shorthanded goal for the Express this season.

Wesley quickly restored Surrey's two goal lead converting a set up from behind the Express net by Ty Westgard just 1:34 after Linell's goal.

It was at this point Brock Hamm really settled into the game for the Express. One of his best saves off the night came off a rush as Hamm came to his right and got his pad down to rob Jordan Robert on an odd man rush. Hamm finished the game turning aside 36 of the final 37 shots sent his way after the first two Eagles shots went in. He was recognized as the game's second star.

Penalties assessed to the Express in the first half of the third period cut into time the Express could have used to cut into the Eagles lead. The Express penalty killers deserve credit for killing off all 8 Eagle powerplays.

Will Lawrence made his return to the Express after missing the previous three weeks. He buried the rebound of a Alex Ambrosio shot to make it a 3-2 game with just under 5 minutes remaining in the third period. Ambrosio finished with two assists and Eric Linell had one goal and one assist.

A scrum late in the third period resulted in the 6th power play of the night for the Express. It was a pretty ineffective man advantage with lots of puck control, but not many dangerous chances generated. That was a pretty consistent theme on a 0 for 7 night on the power play for the Express.

In the final minute the puck came back to Landon Fuller at the Eagle blueline, but it bounced over his stick forcing him to go back for the puck in the Express zone, moments later the puck was on the stick of Jordan Robert who set up Wesley who hit the empty net for his third of the night.

The Eagles finished the game outshooting the Express 42-32.

The return matchup of the home and home will be played Saturday night in Coquitlam.





Wednesday, November 8, 2017

EXPRESS SHUFFLE ROSTER

Head Coach and GM Barry Wolff has been busy this week, especially with his GM duties.

He's made a number of moves to change the look of the Express roster.

It started Monday when the Express traded veteran forward Mitch Newsome (97) to the Humboldt Broncos (SJHL) for goaltender Brock Hamm (97).

Newsome was acquired by the Express on January 10, 2016 from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in exchange for future considerations.

In parts of three seasons with the Express, the Surrey native dressed in 61 games scoring 11 goals and adding 25 assists for 36 points. He also had 1 goal and 1 assist in 3 playoff games with the Express in 2016.

Hamm, a Saskatoon native comes to the Express where he played the previous three seasons with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL. In 100 career WHL games Hamm has posted a record of 33-50-6-2 (wins-losses-overtime losses-shootout losses) with a 3.97 GAA and .886 save percentage. He also posted one shutout.



In 2015-16 Hamm played a career high 56 games posted a record of 21-26-3-0. He began his junior career with the Humboldt Broncos in the 2014-15 season where he posted a 9-10-0 record in 21 games while posting one shutout with a 2.78 GAA and .918 save percentage.

Wednesday, the Express traded the rights of forward Blake Hayward (98) to the Prince George Spruce Kings in exchange for forward Nic Holowko (97).

Hayward dressed for 107 games for the Express over the previous three seasons with 15 goals and 28 assists for 43 points. He also represented the Express twice at the World Junior A challenge winning gold in 2015. He committed to Union University late last last season. This season he dressed for 6 games with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL where he didn't register a point and was a -2.

Holowko comes to the Express with 208 career games of WHL experience with the Seattle Thunderbirds, Prince Albert Raiders and Kamloops Blazers. He has 21 goals and 32 assists for 53 points in his WHL career. He dressed for 7 games with Kamloops this season he has 3 goals and 1 assist.



Nic is the nephew of TSN 1040 radio host and long time TV sportscaster Don Taylor.

The final move the Express have made is adding defenseman Landon Fuller (99). The Express acquired his rights as future considerations in the January 2017 trade that sent Dominic Masellis to the Surrey Eagles.

Fuller comes to the Express from the Tri City Americans of the WHL. He brings some size to the backend at 6'5, 235 lbs.

He has 16 games of WHL experience over parts of 3 seasons with 1 assist. In 17-18 had his lone helper in 8 games. The Williams Lake native also split 44 games last season with Salmon Arm and Surrey with 1 goal and 4 assists for 5 points.