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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

KAWAGUCHI FINAL MINUTE HERO FOR CHIEFS

Jordan Kawaguchi capped off a three point night by scoring the game winning goal with 8.8 seconds left in the third period to give the Chiefs a 4-3 win over the Express in Hope Tuesday night.

The Express remain winless in three pre-season games this season. Head Coach Barry Wolff has used his veterans and top recruits sparingly so far in pre-season. A few more veterans hit the ice for the Express with returnees Jivan Sidhu and Austin Anselmo seeing action on the buleline. While Daniell Lange and Michael Merulla were on a line with the PJHL's third leading goal scorer Carson Rose.

Merulla got things rolling for the Express opening the scoring on a power play with a shot from a sharp angle.

Kawaguchi picked up his first point of the night by setting up Vimal Sukumaran who scored his first of two on the night.

The Chiefs outshot the Express 17-9 in the first period.

The middle frame saw the Chiefs open up the period with a flurry but Express starter Jeff Vietsch was up to the task with a great rebound save coming to his right. Then making a save on a deflection seconds later.

Jeremy Germain gave Chilliwack their first lead of the night finding a loose puck in the Express crease.

Then midway through the second period Sukumaran scored his second of the night for a 3-1 Chiefs lead. That was the perfect time for the Express to make a change between the pipes as they split their goaltending duties equally as Jimmy Poreda played the second half of the game.

Being the most experienced forwards in the lineup for the Express, Michael Merulla and Daniell Lange were expected to be your most dangerous forwards. That was exactly the case. Most notably in the second period. They created at least four scoring chances for the Express in the second period alone.

Michael Merulla even drew a penalty shot. But was denied as he couldn't beat Chiefs started Aidan Pelino with a backhand deke.

Sam Kozlowski scored in the third period to cut the Chiefs lead to 3-2.

Then the Chiefs were called for three consecutive penalties giving the Express three power plays including a 5 on 3 for 1:05. But the Express weren't able to take advantage of the opportunity. The Express finished the game 1 for 6. The Chiefs meanwhile were 0 for 3 on the power play.

With 2:23 the Express pulled even as Merulla and Lange teamed up to tie the game at three.

Last season whenever the Chiefs needed a big goal against the Express it always seemed Jordan Kawaguchi found a way to get it. Well he picked up where he left off last season Tuesday night by finding a loose puck in the crease and poked it home with just 8.8 seconds left in the third period to give the Chiefs the win.

The Express outshot the Chiefs 38-37 and 29-20 in the final two periods.

Jeff Vietsch allowed three goals in his first half of the game for the Express. Jimmy Poreda allowed one goal in his 30 minutes of action.

3 STARS

3 - Michael Merulla CQ 1G, 1A
2 - Vimal Sukumaran CH 2G
1 - Jordan Kawaguchi CH 1G, 2A

The Express will play host to the expansion Wenatchee Wild Thursday night at the Burnaby Winter Club in their next pre-season game. They will round out the exhibition schedule the next night in Surrey.

The regular season opens Saturday September 12th in Chilliwack. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

EXPRESS BLANKED IN EXHIBITION OPENER

The final score was one sided for the Langley Rivermen 12-0 in the exhibition opener for the Express at the Langley Events Centre.

First and foremost when trying to find a reason for the score being what it was, Langley dressed a veteran laden lineup with 8 returning players while the Express went with an all rookie lineup.

Langley dressed a full compliment of six 20 year olds.

Ben Butcher had a hat-trick for Langley. The shots finished 55-26 for the Rivermen.

This game was about player evaluation for the Express. Barry Wolff got an opportunity to evaluate the players that hit the ice against legitimate BCHL competition. Once the score got lopsided a players willingness to battle and keep pressing hard as the score got more and more one sided is what will catch the coach's attention.

Nic Bruyere got the start in the Express crease. He played the first half looking solid turning aside 26 of 29 shots sent his way.

The teams will meet again in the second game of the pre-season for the Express on Saturday night at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Centre.

Hear from Express Head Coach Barry Wolff following the game with his thoughts on training camp so far and being named to the Team Canada West coaching staff.




Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WOLFF NAMED TO TEAM CANADA WEST STAFF

Wolff as part of the 2010 Team Canada West Staff in Penticton.
Coquitlam Express GM and Head Coach Barry Wolff has been named an assistant coach for Team Canada West for the 2015 World Junior A Challenge this coming December in Whitby and Cobourg Ontario. Click here for Hockey Canada press release

This will be the second time the veteran bench boss will be a part of the Team Canada West coaching staff. He was also an assistant at the 2010 event in Penticton. Barry also volunteered his time last year to help former Merritt Centennials Head Coach Luke Pierce at the selection camp for Team Canada West.

Before Barry begins to work on his Team Canada West responsibilities he is busy with the Express training camp. They will begin their exhibition schedule Thursday evening on the road at the Langley Events Centre to take on the Rivermen at 5pm. The Express will host the Rivermen Saturday night in Coquitlam.

Congratulations Barry.


Friday, August 14, 2015

LAMONT COMMITS TO SFU

Veteran forward Brendan Lamont has committed to SFU for this coming season.

The 21 year old Langley native completed a 4 year BCHL career dressing for 240 games with the Merritt Centennials, Trail Smoke Eaters, Penticton Vees and playing the final season and a half of his career with the Express. He tallied 45 goals and 78 assists for 133 career BCHL points. He added another 13 points in 38 career playoff games. He also had 1 goal at the 2014 Western Canada Cup in Dauphin Manitoba with the Express.

Lamont was acquired by the Express in January 2014 from the Penticton Vees. He would enjoy some of the most memorable moments of his career in Express colors. He won the Fred Page cup with the Express in 2014. His final season in the BCHL would be his most productive with a career high 25 goals and 63 points while dressing for all 58 games.

His gritty, and honest hard working style made Brendan a well respected player in the locker and on the ice both from his teammates and opponents.

Brendan will see a familiar face when he walks into the locker room as his Express teammate from this past season Dustin Cave committed to SFU earlier this off-season.

Click here for SFU Press release


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

GAME VS. WILD @ BWC HIGHLIGHTS EXPRESS EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

THE COQUITLAM EXPRESS OF THE BRITISH COLUMBIA HOCKEY LEAGUE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUCE THEY WILL BE HAVING AN EXHIBITION GAME SEPTEMBER 3 2015 vs THE WENATCHEE WILD AT THE BURNABY WINTER CLUB,  4990 CANADA WAY, BURNABY B.C.  FACE OFF  at 7:11pm 

ALL BURNABY WINTER CLUB MEMBERS WILL BE ADMITTED FREE TO THE GAME IF THEY ARE WEARING THEIR HOCKEY JERSEY AND BRING A NON PARISHABLE FOOD TO THE TICKET GATE. 
ALL OTHERS WILL BE ADMITTED FOR $5.

THE WENATCHEE WILD ARE ENTERING THE BCHL FOR THEIR FIRST SEASON, AND ARE THE 17th TEAM TO JOIN THE BCHL AND THE FIRST U.S. BASED TEAM SINCE THE BELLINGHAM ICE HAWKS WHO OPERATED FROM 1990-1995.
THE WILD WHO PLAYED FOR THE PREVIOUS SEVEN SEASONS IN THE NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE HAD A WINNING RECORD EVERY YEAR. THEY WILL BE IN THE BCHL MAINLAND DIVISION WITH THE EXPRESS.

EXPRESS HEAD COACH-GENERAL MANAGER  BARRY WOLFF SAYS, "THE REASON WE WANTED TO HAVE A GAME AT THE BWC IS TO PROMOTE OUR LEAGUE AND SHOWCASE THE TALENT LEVEL, THE EXPRESS ARE THE COMMUNITY’S TEAM. AND EVEN THOUGH WE PLAY OUR REGULAR SEASON HOME GAMES AT THE POIRIER SPORTS COMPLEX, WE WANT TO REACH OUT TO ALL SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES, ALL SHOULD FEEL PART OF OUR TEAM. WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO PLAY A GAME AT BWC AND THANK THE BWC FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK AND EFFORTS."

THE BCHL HAD 37 ALUMNI PLAY IN THE NHL THIS PAST SEASON
2014-15 SEASON 109 BCHL PLAYERS RECEIVED NCAA DIVISION ONE SCHOLARSHIPS

THE COQUITLAM EXPRES OPEN 2015 TRAINING CAMP AUGUST 24 AT THE POIRER SPORTS COMPLEX.

FULL 2015 EXPRESS EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

AUGUST 27   vs LANGLEY RIVERMEN    @LANGLEY SORTSPLEX    5:00pm
AUGUST 29   vs LANGLEY RIVERMEN    @ THE PORT COQUITLAM REC CENTRE   7:00pm
SEPTEMBER 1 vs CHILLIWACK CHIEFS  @ THE HOPE & DISTRICT REC CENTRE    7:00pm
SEPTEMBER 3 vs WENATCHEE WILD      @ BURANBY WINTER CLUB                        7:10pm 

SEPTEMBER 4 vs SURREY EAGLES          @ SOUTH SURREY ARENA                           7:00pm

Friday, June 26, 2015

LUCIC TRADED TO KINGS

Prior to Friday's NHL draft in Florida the Boston Bruins traded Express alumni Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings.

In return the Bruins received LA's first round pick the 13th selection that the Bruins used to draft Jakob Zboril, goaltender Martin Jones and defenseman Colin Miller. As part of the deal the Bruins will retain $2.7 million of Lucic's $6 million dollar salary.

Lucic began his junior career with the Express during the 2004-05 season. He dressed for 50 games that season scoring 9 goals and 14 assists for 23 points while adding 100 PIM's.

He was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 2nd round 50th overall by the Boston Bruins in 2006. In 566 NHL games all with the Bruins he has 139 goals and 203 points for 342 points. He won a Stanley Cup in 2011 with the Bruins defeating his hometown Vancouver Canucks.

During the Express 2014 run to the Western Canada Cup he took the time to record this special greeting for his former junior team.


EXPRESS ACQUIRE PINCHUK

Jarrell Pinchuk
The Coquitlam Express have acquired defenseman Jarrell Pinchuk (97) from the Drumheller Dragons of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations.

The 18 year old Fort Saskatchewan Alberta native already has two seasons of AJHL experience under his belt with 3 goals and 14 assists for 17 points in 91 games the last two seasons. The 5'10 180 lbs right shot defenceman had 1G, 8A, 9PTS in 45 games last season.

Welcome to the Express Jarrell.