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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. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

EXPRESS VALIANT EFFORT FALLS SHORT IN CHILLIWACK

The Express haven't won in Chilliwack regular season or playoffs since the season finale in their championship year of 2014.

The streak was extended to 21 tonight, but it wasn't from a lack of effort tonight as the Express fell by a 6-5 score.  Click here for boxscore

The Express matched Chilliwack stride for stride as the two teams traded blows and goals all night long.

The visitors got off to a great start, it was sparked by Josh Bruce who scored his first Express goal on a breakaway at 4:27.



2:20 later it was 2-0 Express. Eric Linell raced after a loose puck in the Chilliwack zone and put a pass right on the tape of Sam Kozlowski who snapped home his 4th goal of the season. The goal for Kozlowski was his first in 11 games. He was pointless in his last 5 games entering Saturday's contest.



As fast as the Express took the two goal lead, Chilliwack erased it.

38 seconds after the goal by Kozlowski, Adam Berg on a tip of a Bryan Allbee point shot got the Chiefs on the board. 54 seconds later Jared Turcotte with shot from the boards found a hole on Clay Stevenson to tie the game at 2.

It only took the Express 40 seconds to restore their lead. Eric Linell found himself alone in the slot with the puck on his stick. His first shot was stopped by Mathieu Caron, but he buried his own rebound for a 3-2 Express lead. Linell finished with 1 goal and 2 assists.

When everything was said and done the teams combined for 5 goals in a span of 5:32. The three Express goals chased Chilliwack goaltender Mathieu Caron after only facing 6 shots.

In the opening minutes of the second period the Express got pucks to the net only to have pucks cleared away from the goal crease by Chiefs defensemen before any Express forwards could poke home the loose pucks.

While the Express couldn't convert on puck battles in the crease, Corey Andonovski found a loose puck in front of the Express net scoring his 4th of the season to tie the game at 3.

Midway through the period the Express took their third lead of the night. Alex Amborsio's shot was stopped by Daniel Chenard and Josh Bruce buried the rebound for his second of the night. The goal snapped a power play drought for the Express which hadn't scored in their previous 10 opportunities. Enterting the game the Express were just 3 for their last 45 on the man advantage.

Sam Kozlowski drew the second assist on the goal. He finished with 1 goal and 2 assists.

The rollercoaster ride Saturday night continued as Anthony Vincent scored 1:05 later for the Chiefs to tie it again at 4.

Then in the final minute of the second period the Chiefs took their first lead of the night on a goal by Kaden Pickering who sped into the Express zone and snuck a shot through Stevenson's pads at 19:32.

In the opening minutes of the third period Chilliwack seemed content to control the puck as much as they could in the Express zone, and not be overly concerned with throwing pucks at the net. Chilliwack's patience allowed the clock to slowly tick down while protecting a one goal lead.

Anthony Vincent snapped a shot through Stevenson for his second of the game to make it 6-4 at 12:05. That goal hurt the Express as they can't afford any soft goals with such a small margin of error that separates the difference between winning and losing for the Express.



Alex Ambrosio cut the deficit back to one with his 5th of the season at 13:34. Mitch Newsome quickly snapped it to Riley Johnson who made a quick one touch pass to Amborsio who snapped it home from the slot. The goal for the captain capped off a one goal and one assist night. He hadn't had a point in his previous 7 games.

That goal would be as close as the Express would come. They couldn't find the glorious chance that would result in the game tying goal that would send it to overtime.

Up next for the Express is a home and home next weekend with Surrey.


Saturday, October 28, 2017

EAGLES DOUBLE EXPRESS


Clay Stevenson made 34 saves - Photo courtesy of Damon James
The Surrey Eagles reached the .500 mark (8-8-1-1) Saturday night by doubling the Express by a 4-2 score. For the Express it was their 5th straight setback. Click here for boxscore

It wasn't from a lack of effort from the Express, more so a lack of execution on the power play. The Express finished 0 for 5 Saturday night.

In the first period it looked as if Surrey was going to be the only team to get opportunities on the power play.

Aaron White opened the scoring on Surrey's first power play of the night sliding home the rebound of a Jackson Ross point shot at 1:34.

Just under 6 minutes later the Eagles struck again. Ty Westgard showed good poise as he gained entry in the Express zone and slowed down to look over his options and found John Wesley coming late and he slid a backhand through the pads of Clay Stevenson for a 2-0 Eagles lead.

The Express were called for the first four penalties of the night. While shorthanded the Express cut into the Eagles lead.

Newcomer Josh Bruce broke out on a 2 on 1 with Josh Wildauer, Devon Mussio got on his horse to join the rush. Mussio as a third option played a role to set up the goal as Mussio took a drop pass then slid it to Wildauer who tried to set up Bruce, but the pass hit the stick of Eagles defenseman Perry Winfree trying to get back in the play and in the net.



The first period saw both teams dish out a decent number of hits. Most notable for the Express was rookie Josh Graham. He along with Christian Sanda teamed up to deliver a big hit on Desi Burgart on the opening shift of the game. That hit was the spring board for a good game for Graham who was using his size very effectively delivering hits most notably in the first two periods. It got to the point that the Eagles were looking over their shoulder when number 26 was on the ice. By the third period they were getting a little tired of Graham's strong physical presence.



The Express effort level certainly was there from the Express all night. They started to turn the game in their favour in the second period. Only problem was they couldn't finish their chances. The Express outshot Surrey 14-11 in the middle period.

It was a tough start for the Express to the third period. Wesley beat Clay Stevenson with a slapshot for his second of the night just 27 seconds into the third period.

After Surrey got a run of powerplays in the first period, the Express got their run in the second and third periods. They couldn't finish on a double minor assessed to Jesse Nelson in the second period.

Jonathan Sheardown made his Express debut - Photo courtesy of Damon James
Then the Express got three more powerplays in the third period but couldn't take advantage of those chances to cut into the Eagles lead. Among those penalties assessed was a bench minor and a game misconduct to Eagles Head Coach Brandon West.

Eric Linell did cut into Surrey lead re-directing a Lucas Wong point shot to make it a 3-2 game with just under 7 minutes left in the third period.

The Express hoped that goal would be the spring board that would reward them for their strong play and find a way to tie the game.

It didn't end up to be the case as Ryan Brushett put the finishing touches on this game scoring with just 3:41 left in the third period to make it a 4-2 game.

Daniel Davidson finished with 26 saves to pick up the win for Surrey.

Up next for the Express is next Saturday in Chilliwack. Click here for boxscore

Friday, October 20, 2017

EXPRESS TRIO OF TRADES

The Express have made three seperate trades. In the deals that have brought in players to the Express future considerations have gone the other way.

They acquired forward Joshua Bruce (99) from the Powell River Kings and defenseman Jonathan Sheardown (98) from the Nipawin Hawks (SJHL).



Bruce from Surrey has played 25 career BCHL games with the Powell River Kings and Surrey Eagles. This season he has 1 assist in 4 games with Powell River. Last year he split the season with 3 games in Surrey and 18 in Powell River. Bruce has 2 goals and 5 assists for 7 points in his BCHL career. He also dressed for 6 games last year with Vancouver and Saskatoon of the WHL scoring 1 goal.

Sheardown started the season with the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the AJHL with 1 assist in 5 games. He was then traded to Nipawin for future considerations where he didn't dress for a game before being acquired by the Express.

The New Westminster native spent the previous two seasons with the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs of the BC Major Midget league. In 16-17 he was a point per game player with 17 goals and 23 assists in 40 games.

Defenseman Hunter Fraser has been traded to the Brockville Braves of the CCHL for future considerations. Fraser played 10 games with the Express this season registering 1 goal and 1 assist. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

WONG OT HERO FOR EXPRESS OVER RIVERMEN

The Express added to the overtime torment of the Langley Rivermen to give the Express a 2-1 win Friday night. Click here for boxscore

Lucas Wong's first BCHL goal gave the Express the win and dropped Langley to 0-6 in overtime this season.



Like a week ago between the two teams in Coquitlam it was a tight and tidy defensive game for the Express. This one only needed a few extra minutes for the Express to get the job done.

Dating back to Wednesday vs. Chilliwack the Express have been able to have veterans Will Lawrence, Mitch Newsome and Sam Kozlowski return to the lineup. That has allowed Head Coach Barry Wolff to spread some of his speedy forwards throughout the lineup.

Friday that balance paid off as the Express were able to roll through their lines consistently throughout the game and spend more time in the opposition zone.

The trio of Haydn Delorme, Colby Pederson and Eric Linell teamed up to open the scoring for the Express. Delorme chipped it in and Pederson got in on the forecheck to win the race for the puck and he set up Linell who snapped home the pass four minutes into the game. That would be the lone goal of the first period that saw Langley outshoot the Express 14-10.



Clay Stevenson got the call for the Express between the pipes. He had a steady game in the Express crease. He had to make some of his better saves of the night in the second period. He was very aggressive in his crease using his big frame to give the Langley shooters very little room to pick their spots.

Daneel Lategan late in the second snuck a shot from a sharp angle past Clay Stevenson to tie the game at one.

The Express penalty killing unit had a perfect five for five night. Most of those kills came at key times in the game as Alex Ambrosio was called for two penalties in quick succession late in the second period. The second of his penalties carried over into the third period.

Then in the final 7 minutes of the period the penalty killers shut down two more Rivermen powerplays.

At even strength in the third period the Express did a good job of rolling their lines and have some consistent puck control in the Rivermen zone. That work in the offensive zone made life easier for Clay Stevenson and the Express in their own end of the rink. Stevenson finished with 35 saves for his second victory of the season.

The game winning goal for the Express was a good reflection of the Express patience throughout the game. Sam Kozlowski button hooked inside the blueline to give himself some time, then he threw the puck at the net that was stopped by Lucas Wong reading the play went to the net and buried the rebound for the overtime winner on his first BCHL goal.

Coquitlam will play their next four outings on the road starting tomorrow night with the second meeting this week against Chilliwack. That will be followed by a weekend road trip next week in Victoria, Nanaimo and Powell River. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

CHIEFS POWER PAST EXPRESS


Jordan Schulting & Tommy Lee - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
Chilliwack struck three times on the power play in a 4-1 win over the Express Wednesday night. Click here for boxscore

Two of those goals came in the third period as the Chiefs put the clamp on the Express in the final period that saw them strike three times.

For the Express it was a night where they had very little puck luck to convert some of their best scoring chances throughout the game.

Among the best chances for the Express in the first period, Colby Pederson couldn't jam in a loose puck on the goal line with Chiefs netminder Mathieu Caron lying on his back in the crease. Seconds later Caron then made a glove save off Express captain Alex Ambrosio.

Chilliwack's footspeed lead to the Express being forced to take penalties in the opening period. On the Chiefs second power play of the night Tommy Lee buried the rebound of a Corey Andonovski one timer from the slot to open the scoring. That would be the lone goal of a first period that saw Chilliwack outshoot the Express 17-8.

Reid Cooper faced 48 shots - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
In the second period the Express ramped up their game and were matching the pace and even taking it to Chilliwack. It led to scoring chances but the finish wasn't there for the Express.

Eric Linell had a shot from the right wing that went through the pads of Caron but just missed the far post. A similar looking chance for Linell resulted in a scramble in the Chiefs crease and the Express couldn't bury the opportunity.

The Express hardwork resulted in them outshooting the Chiefs 15-13 in the period.

In the opening moments of the 3rd period a soft D to D pass behind the net was picked off and it was fed back to Matt Slick who beat Reid Cooper for a 2-0 Chilliwack lead.

That goal got Chilliwack back on their game who were without Head Coach Jason Tatarnic who was serving a one game suspension along with Jake Gresh for an illegal equipment infraction in their last game vs. Trail.

Will Lawrence gave the Express hope of a comeback scoring his first of the year with a quick shot over the shoulder of Caron for his 1st of the year at 2:47.



The third period belonged to Chilliwack as they went right back to work controlling the boards and leaning on the Express in their own zone.

Will Caverley tipped home a Tommy Lee one timer for a 3-1 Chiefs lead with Haydn Delorme in the box serving a double minor for high sticking.

Lucas Wong - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
On the final power play of the night for the Express Christian Sanda couldn't poke home a loose puck that was sitting in the goal crease which would have made it a 3-2 game. That chance really symbolized the Express inability to finish their scoring chances Wednesday.

The Chiefs capped off a strong night on the power play on a goal by Regan Kimens with 17 seconds left in the third period. Chilliwack finished 3 for 4 on the power play.

The shots finished 48-28 in favour of the Chiefs who outshot the Express 18-5 in a strong third period.

Up next for the Express is a Friday home game with Langley. Then they visit Chilliwack on Saturday night. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

COOPER STANDS TALL AGAIN AS RIVERMEN WIN IN FINAL MINUTE

Reid Cooper had his second straight stellar outing for the Express. But the finish was different this time around as the Langley Rivermen defeated the Express 3-2 thanks to a Angus Crookshank last minute goal.

Cooper made 37 saves was the sole reason this game went down to the wire and the Express nearly came out of the weekend with at least three points vs. Langley.

The first half of the game was the Reid Cooper show. He was peppered with 18 shots in the first period. The Rivermen were the faster team and it lead to numerous quality chances. But Cooper was proving he was as sharp Saturday as he was the night before.

What stands out watching Cooper is his ability to control his rebounds and keep them close enough to quickly pounce on them all while fighting through Langley traffic.

It was more of the same for Cooper in the second period. At the other end the Express started to generate some chances. Aidan Wagner who two great chances on the backhand and couldn't finish either of them.

Late in the second period Langley finally broke through on Cooper while shorthanded. Sam Kozlowski was knocked to the ice allowing the Rivermen to get the puck in the Express end. Moments later Trevor Ayre beat Cooper on a wraparound to open the scoring at 15:14.

Then came some controversy. With the Express on the power play Jordan Schulting fired a shot that hit the crossbar and bounced down and may or may not have gone in the net. The goal light was turned on, the Express bench thought it was a goal. But it remained a 1-0 Langley lead after two periods.

The Express entered the period only down a goal despite a 34-10 shot advantage for Langley.

Captain Alex Ambrosio pulled the Express even just 35 seconds into the period on his 4th of the season.

The third period saw the game settle into a tight struggle once the Express had tied it.

Ethan Leye broke the deadlock exactly 11 minutes later as he snuck a wrist shot from the left wing through Reid Cooper.

If we have learned anything about this Express team this week is that they have some resiliancy in the room.

Less than 90 seconds later Riley Johnson chipped a Sam Kozlowski pass over the glove of Braedon Fleming to tie the game at two.

In the dying seconds Brendan Budy fed the puck back to Carter Stephenson whose shot was stopped by Cooper, but a rebound squirted to Angus Crookshank who scored with 16.7 seconds left in the third period for what would turn out to be the game winning goal.

Despite the setback for the Express everyone in the building post game was speaking very highly about Reid Cooper's strong play. In the home and home with Langley this weekend he turned aside 79 of the 83 Langley shots sent his way.

Up next the Express host Chilliwack on Wednesday. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

COOPER STELLAR IN EXPRESS WIN OVER RIVERMEN

All smiles in a 2-1 win over Langley - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
Reid Cooper had his best outing of the year with 41 saves in a 2-1 Express win over the Langley Rivermen to open a weekend home and home set. Click here for boxscore

Reid Cooper - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
The Express got a structured effort for a full 60 minutes to post their second win of the season. The Express have also posted points in three straight games (2-0-0-1).

Little mistakes in the defensive zone have resulted in pucks ending up in the Express net which has cost them games this season. That can't be said on Friday night. Their structure combined with Cooper's strong play led to the victory for the Express.

In the first period the Express had a number of good chances to open the scoring. Alex Ambrsio chipped a puck just wide of the Langley net, Troy Robillard hit the post on the power play, and both Riley Johnson and Colby Pederson couldn't finish odd man rushes.

At the other end Reid Cooper set the tone for a strong night. First he stopped Angus Crookshank on a breakaway. Then moments later he made his best save of the night reaching back to deny Crookshank in the dying seconds of a Langley power play.



Jake Brien opened the scoring for the Express jumping into the rush and snapping a Eric Linell pass by Braedon Fleming at 19:33.

Cooper was dialed in all night long in the Express crease. He was seeing the puck well giving up very few second chances. Most notably when he made 15 second period saves.

Colby Pederson scores the GWG - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
Midway through the period the Express got a trade off in their favour when rookie defenseman Doug Scott did more than held his own against 20 year old and Rivermen leading goalscorer Nik Ponak in a fight. That tilt helped the Express who dressed 7 defensemen and had 6 for the rest of the night while Langley lost their top goal scorer following the automatic ejections.

Enterting the third period the Express needed to work hard on doing the little things well shift in and shift out to protect their one goal lead. From an entertainment standpoint it wasn't overly exciting. But it was very effective as the Express sat back in their structure.

Langley finally caught a break to get a puck past Cooper. John Wojciechowski's shot from a sharp angle handcuffed Cooper and bounced in to tie the game.



The Express didn't allow that goal to discourage them. They went right back to work and Colby Pederson going hard to the net buried the rebound of a Riley Johnson shot to re-store the Express lead just 37 seconds later at 14;39.

From there the Express clamped down and held on the rest of the way.

The re-match goes Saturday night in Langley. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

DRAMATIC FINISH SEES EXPRESS FALL IN OT TO WEST KELOWNA

The Express had a dramatic comeback in the final minute of the third period, but still fell by a score of 5-4 in overtime to the West Kelowna Warriors. Click here for boxscore

It was a valiant effort from the Express that showed character that fell just short at the end of the night.



It was the second meeting in two weeks between the Express and Warriors. The first meeting was a 7-2 decision for West Kelowna at the BCHL showcase. It was a different type game this time around.

The Express had their chances to open the scoring. Most notably Eric Linell had two good chances as he found himself alone behind the Warriors defense but couldn't get any of his two shots past the sprawled out pad of Warriors goaltender Nik Amundrud.

Cavin Tilsey opened the scoring for the Warriors. He converted a pass by Bennett Norlin past Reid Cooper for the only goal of the first period.

Midway through the second period the Warriors appeared to add to their lead. RJ Murphy pounced on a loose puck in the Express crease and poked it home. But after some discussion by the officials they ruled the net was knocked off.

Murphy only had two wait 40 seconds for his measure of revenge as he buried the rebound of a Willie Reim wrist shot to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead.

Captain Alex Ambrosio started the comeback for the Express two minutes later pouncing on Troy Robillard's point shot for a 2-1 Warriors lead through two periods.

Head Coach Barry Wolff has emphasized tightening up turnovers in key spots of the ice in the defensive zone that has lead to opposition goals this season.

Another turnover just inside the Express line allowed the Warriors to get the puck to Chase Dubois behind the Express defense and he outwaited Reid Cooper sliding home a backhand for a 3-1 Warriors lead.

Credit to the Express on this night for never giving up. Josh Wildauer buried the rebound of a Alex Ambrosio shot to make it a 3-2 game with 6:35 to go.

The Express had a glorious chance to tie the game. Amundrud ended up out near the ringette line as he raced to cover a loose puck. The Express poked it past him and two forwards somehow couldn't put the puck in the net vacated by the Warriors goaltender.

West Kelowna captain Jared Marino appeared to seal the victory with 1:18 remaining in the third period with a shot that just squeaked through Reid Cooper to make it 4-2.

That goal could have deflated any team that had just one win in their first eight games. But the Express have kept most of their games close and haven't been far off in most of them.

Jordan Schulting blasted a one timer for his second of the season with 56 seconds left in the third period to make it 4-3. That was followed 27 seconds later by a goal from Eric Linell digging the puck out of a scramble and scoring to send the game to overtime.

In 4 on 4 overtime it never really opened up for either side and create many scoring chances. As the Warriors had done most of the night they were patient working the puck in the Express zone hoping for a breakdown.

Cavin Tilsey found some room and used to gain entry in the Express zone. His shot hit the glass but the rebound bounced to the side of the Express net for Bennett Norlin who scored the game winner at 4:15.

The Express didn't do themselves any favours by going 0 for 7 on the power play against a Warriors team that has now killed off 31 straight shorthanded situations. From a discipline standpoint the Express did a pretty good job only giving West Kelowna a brief first period power play.

West Kelowna outshot the Express 46-36.

Up next for the Express is a home and home with Langley starting Friday in Coquitlam. 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

SPRUCE KINGS SPOIL EXPRESS HOME OPENER

Reid Cooper made 47 saves - Photo courtesy of Damon James
Prince George snapped a mini two game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the Express in their home opener. Click here for boxscore

Reid Cooper stood tall in the Express crease with 47 saves on 51 shots sent his way.

Colby Pederson - Photo courtesy of Damon James
Right off the bat the Express netminder was put to the test. He faced 21 Prince George shots in the first period. The only puck to beat him was off the stick of Dustin Manz who finished off a give and go with Patrick Cozzi with Manz snapping a shot past the glove of Cooper. That was the lone blemish in an otherwise strong period as Cooper did all he could to hold Prince George at bay.

In the second period breakdowns led to the Spruce Kings adding to their lead. Ben Poisson finished off a 2 on 1 to for a 2-0 lead. That was followed 1:26 later by a goal from Corey Cunningham burying the rebound of a Ryan Stack shot for a 3-0 lead by the 3 minute mark of the second period.

Down 3-0 the Express power play clawed them back into the game. First Jordan Schulting jumped in from the point and found a loose puck and scored his first of the season make it a 3-1 game at 15:14. Then 2:32 later Mitch Newsome's one timer missed the net but the rebound bounced to Christian Sanda who buried his 3rd of the season at 17:46.





J. Schulting had 1 goal & 1 assist - Photo courtesy of Damon James
Early in the third the Spruce Kings re-stored their two goal lead when Ben Brar behind the Express net on a crafty reverse pass set up Manz for his second of the game just two seconds after a Christian Sanda penalty came to an end.

Mitch Newsome scored with just 4 minutes remaining for his first of the season to pull the Express within one. Newsome finished with 1 goal and 1 assist.

But like last night in Salmon Arm a late third period penalty cut into the time the Express could have used to push for the equalizer.

In the final minute goaltender Reid Cooper was pulled for the extra attacker. But before the Express could get control of the puck it was fired up to Ben Brar who hit the empty net to seal the win for Prince George.

The final shots finished 52-21 for the Spruce Kings. The Express went 2 for 5 on the power play while killing of all 5 Spruce Kings powerplays.

The Express will seek their first win of the season Sunday afternoon vs. the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

SILVERBACKS 5 EXPRESS 3

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks broke a brief 3-3 third period tie en route to a 5-3 win over their Express expansion cousins. Click here for boxscore

The setback keeps the Express in search of their first win of the season through six games. (0-5-1-0)

Clay Stevenson got the call for the Express between the pipes. He was tested early on as the Silverbacks opened the game with a 5-0 advantage in shots. The line of Mason Mitchell, Justin Wilson and Grayson Constable used their size and speed were giving the Express trouble keeping up with them in their zone. Eventually Constable found the puck in the slot and he scored to open the scoring at 4:05.

The Express were seeking their power play to find some production following their 4-2 loss at the showcase to Victoria.

It came through on Friday. Sam Kozlowski potted his third of the season on the power play with a Jordan Schulting pass hitting a skate and coming right to Kozlowski who blasted it home to tie the game at one.

Salmon Arm restored their lead late in the first period when Noah Wakeford found a loose puck in the Express crease and swatted it home for his first BCHL goal.

Clay Stevenson's best work came in the second period. He stopped Rhett Kingston on a breakaway.

The only puck to beat Stevenson in the period was due to an unfortunate break. Trevor Adams from the blueline fired a wrist shot that Express defenseman Doug Scott tried to block with his glove. He only got a piece of it and the puck slipped past Stevenson's left as he was sliding to his right.

Then Stevenson rose to the occasion to keep his team in the game when the Express got themselves into penalty trouble giving the Silverbacks a two man advantage for 1:26. Kingston had a chance for redemption when he was set up for a one timer, but he was robbed by Stevenson who made his best save of the night with his left pad.



Alex Ambrosio was guilty of the second penalty putting the Express down two men. The captain redeemed himself with the Express on a power play blasting home a one timer from the right circle to cut the Silverbacks lead to 3-2.



Jack Graham, Riley Johnson and Christian Rosa saw limited ice time for the Express. Early in the third they teamed up to pull the Express even. Johnson found Rosa alone at the edge of the crease for Bosa's second of the season to tie the game at 3.



The tie only lasted two minutes, Logan Mostat scored a power play goal to give Salmon Arm a 4-3 lead. The Express argued the puck was contacted with a high stick after Austin Chorney's point shot went air bourne. A brief discussion by the referees allowed the goal to stand. Despite the setback, Stevenson had a strong outing in the Express crease with a heavy barrage of shots to keep his team within striking distance.

Nice Tallarico faced 21 shots in the Silverbacks crease. His best save in the third period came off Christian Sanda on a two on one as the Express looked for the equalizer.

Rhett Kingston sealed the game for the Silverbacks with an empty net goal in the final minute.

Salmon Arm outshot the Express 46-21.

The Express finally play their home opener Saturday night vs. the Prince George Spruce Kings. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

SPECIAL TEAMS DIFFERENCE IN GRIZZLIES WIN OVER EXPRESS

Reid Cooper finished with 20 saves Photo courtesy of Garrett James
A productive power play for the Victoria Grizzlies and the lack of one for the Express was the difference in a 4-2 Victoria win Sunday in the finale at the BCHL showcase for both teams.
Click here for boxscore

The Grizzlies struck twice on the power play while the Express were blanked.

The Express had a second straight strong start. They outshot the Grizzlies early on opening up a 6-1 advantage. They were physical and controlling the play below the hashmarks in the Victoria zone.

A strong shift in the Victoria zone by Aiden Wagner, Hadyn Delorme and Jake Toor teamed up to open the scoring with Toor burying his own rebound after he was set up alone in front of the net for a 1-0 Express lead.

The Express had their opportunities to expand their lead with three powerplays in the first but were unable to capitalize in their chances.

In the second period Mitch Newsome hit the post and Will Lawrence was stopped in front of the net by Shawn Parkinson on more good scoring chances for the Express to add to their lead.



Midway through the second period the Grizzlies power play used their patience to tie the game. A smart dump and puck retrieval allowed the Victoria to set up in the Express zone.

Troy Robillard - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
Then 16 year old Alex Newhook on a slap pass tipped home by Tanner Hopps tied the game at one.

This was a key point in the game that started to turn it in Victoria's favour.

Late in the period a two on one down low in the Express zone resulted in a goal by Ethan Nother giving Victoria a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Veteran Jamie Rome scored 18 seconds into the third period for a 3-1 Grizzlies lead.

That goal didn't dissuade the Express and they cut the deficit back to one after a good shift of patient puck control in the Grizzlies zone. Eventually the puck was worked to captain Alex Ambrosio who scored his first of the season on the backhand to cut the deficit to 3-2 with just under 14 minutes left.

Then the Express power play let them down again moments after the Ambrosio scored when they were unable to strike with Nico Somerville in the box.

As the final minutes ticked down the game started to open up as the Express pressed for the equalizer. Reid Cooper did all he could to keep the Express within one. His best same coming off Lucas Clark with just over 5 minutes to play.

A. Ambrosio & J. Brien - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
Seconds later Alex Ambrosio was whistled for boarding for a hit delivered in front of the Victoria bench.

The Grizzlies only needed 20 seconds on the power play to convert restoring their two goal lead. Justin Michaelian potted a loose puck in front of the net to give Victoria a 4-2 lead. 16 year old rookie Alex Newhook picked up his third assist on the tally. The Grizzlies finished 2 for 5 on the power play.

In a fitting ending to the game the Express couldn't cut the deficit in the final moments of the game on their final power play of the game. The Express finished 0 for 6 on the power play.

The effort level was there for the Express but they just couldn't take advantage of their chances. The Express outshot Victoria 28-24. The loss now sees the Express winless in their first 5 games (0-4-1) to start the season.

Up next the Express are in Salmon Arm this Friday.




Thursday, September 21, 2017

WARRIORS DROP EXPRESS AT SHOWCASE

The West Kelowna Warriors improved to 3-0 all time vs. the Express at the Bauer BCHL showcase with a 7-2 win Wednesday night. Click here for boxscore

It was the second straight year and 3rd time in the last 4 seasons the Express and Warriors met at the annual event.

The setback kept the Express winless through their first 4 games of the season (0-3-1-0).

The first period saw the Express generate some of their best chances of the game. Will Lawrence was stopped in the slot on a set up from Hunter Fraser.

Joshua Wildauer opened the scoring for the Express as he was the beneficiary of some quick passes from line mates Christian Sanda and Colby Pederson who found Wildauer alone in front of the net and he scored his first BCHL goal just shy of the 8 minute mark.



Moments later Eric Linell was inches away from doubling the Express lead as he raced into the Warriors zone and rang a shot off the post from the right wing.

Warriors forward Matt Kowalski has been a human highlight reel early in this BCHL season. He added to it late in the first period as he sped into the Express zone danced around a defender then snapped a quick shot past the glove of Reid Cooper to tie the game at 1 after 20 minutes.

West Kelowna opened the second period on a power play when Sam Kozlowski was called for hooking at the 20:00 mark.

With one second left in the power play the puck came back to Warriors defenseman Stephen Kleysen at the point who snapped a shot over the glove of Reid Cooper for a 2-1 Warriors lead.

At this point the Warriors started the pull away from the Express. Willie Reid and Chase Stevenson both scored with tap ins in front of the Express net just over 5 minutes apart, that in combination of the Express going 0 for 3 on the power play in the period saw the Warriors take a 4-1 lead into the third period.

West Kelowna did an excellent job Wednesday night getting pucks and bodies to the net which led to 4 of their goals.

Max Bulawka deftly redirected a Michael Ryan point shot and Matthew Campese was able to jam the puck under Cooper on the power play to open a 6-1 Warriors lead.

Then immediately following the third period media timeout veteran Jared Marino off a won face-off in the Express zone snapped home his second of the season for a 7-1 Warriors lead.

Rookie Haydn Delorme rounded out the scoring burying the rebound of a Doug Scott point shot for his first BCHL goal at 15:24.



The Warriors outshot the Express 52-32. West Kelowna was 2 for 3 on the power play while the Express went 0 for 3.

Up next for the Express is their second game at the showcase Sunday afternoon vs. Victoria. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

EAGLES 5 EXPRESS 1

The Express are still in search of their first pre-season win through four games.

Thursday they dropped a 5-1 decision in Surrey.

Things started well for the Express with veteran Cal Babych setting up Eric Linell for a tap in to open the scoring just 1:28 into the game.

Then goaltender Nicolas Lee went to work in the Express crease. He made 14 first period saves to preserve the Express lead through 20 minutes. Most of his best work came in the opening 10 minutes of the frame shortly after the Express opened the scoring.

Mack Merriman scored his first of two on the night on the power play with a screen shot from the point to tie the game at one. Less than two minutes later Jackson Ross snapped home a shot to give Surrey a 2-1 lead.

Nicolas Lee split the goaltending duties with Robert Nawrot halfway through the game. Lee finished with 21 saves on 23 shots.

The Eagles added three in the third including Merriman's second of the night and singles from Chase Danol and Caige Sterzer to round out the scoring.

Among the players that caught my eye Jordan Schulting was playing with some happy legs skating up and down the ice. And Lucas Wong shows plenty of poise on the Express blueline.

The Eagles outshot the Express 36-24. The Express were 0 for 6 on the powerplay while Surrey went 1 for 4.

The teams will meet again in the exhibition finale for the Express Friday night in Poco. Then they will do it for real in the season opener for the Express Sunday September 10th in Surrey. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

CHIEFS 8 EXPRESS 1

The Express played their 3rd exhibition game and fell by an 8-1 score to the RBC cup hosts the Chilliwack Chiefs in Hope.


16 year old Harrison Blaisdel got things rolling for Chilliwack by scoring the Chiefs first two goals of the game for a 2-0 Chiefs lead before the game was 13 minutes old.


By the end of the period the Chiefs had built a 4-0 lead and had a 16-5 advantage in shots.


It was only more of the same in the second period on goals from Corey Adnonovski and veteran Tommy Lee.


Reid Cooper got the start in goal for the Express and was beat for the Chiefs first 6 markers. Clay Stevenson played the second half of the game.


Bobby Young rounded out the scoring for the Chiefs in the second period for a 7-0 lead.


Blasidell capped off the hat-trick just 2:20 into the third period burying his own rebound for a shorthanded goal. If this game was any indication, Blaisdell will be a household name in the BCHL in the very near future.


Josh Wildauer broke Mathieu Caron's shutout bid with the lone goal for the Express on the powerplay.


The Chiefs outshot the Express 41-16. Chilliwack struck three times on ten powerplays. The Express were one for four.



The Express get right back in action Wednesday night with their fourth exhibition matchup in Surrey.  

Thursday, August 24, 2017

RIVERMEN TAKE SECOND EXHIBITION MEETING WITH EXPRESS

A late shorthanded goal ended up being the difference in a 3-2 Langley win over the Express.

The win completed a two game home and home sweep for Langley following their 10-3 win Wednesday night.

Both teams dressed a more experienced lineup. The Express played 5 veterans Alex Ambrosio, Will Lawrence, Noah Turanski, Troy Robillard and Jake Brien. Langley dressed 7 veterans.

The Express handed the goaltending duties to Daniel Paul and Bryce Schiebel and they were the story for the Express.

Paul was only beaten once in his half of the game on a first period power play goal from Eric Butte which beat him up over his glove. That lone blemish doesn't take away from a very solid outing as he kept the Express within striking distance. Paul's best save came in the first period as he came to his left and got his pad down to deny Nik Ponak.

Alex Ambrosio pulled the Express even late in the second period. He showed his quick release unleashing a one timer from the slot on a set up from Riley Johnson.

Bryce Schiebel picked up right where Daniel Paul left off with strong play in the Express crease. He backed stopped the Express to a 1-1 after 2 periods.

Josh Bourne gave the Express their lone lead of the night just shy of the 7 minute mark when his wrist shot from the slot beat Chad Kromar.

But the lead only lasted 24 seconds as Angus Crookshank snuck a backhand short side on Schiebel to tie the game at 2.

It didn't take long for the Mainland division foes to re-establish the dislike for one another. It was a feisty affair that had the feel of regular season intensity.

Langley broke the deadlock with the Express on the power play when Crookshank's forechecking pressure forced an Express turnover that Regan Kimens capitalized on for a 3-2 Langley lead with just 1:18 to go.

Will Lawrence had the Express best chance to equalize with 30 seconds left off a won face-off. He had a clean look for a shot off the draw but hit something and couldn't beat Cromar.

The Express are back in exhibition action on August 29th in Hope vs. the Chilliwack Chiefs.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

EXPRESS OPEN EXHIBITION

The Coquitlam Express dropped a 10-3 decision to the Langley Rivermen in the exhibition opener for both clubs.

It was a back and forth opening 20 minutes. The Express had 3 consecutive good shifts in the Langley zone. And just as quickly as those shifts played out, Langley then suddenly blew the game open. They struck three times in a span of 1:50 and four times in a span of 5:33 to open a 4-0 lead. Ethan Leyh scored a pair of goals.

The Express had a good response for the period was done. Charlie Wilkie, Qunny Baker and Teddy Prior scored for the Express and it was 4-3 Langley after one.

Langley added three goals in the second period. Nick Grimaldi for the Express couldn't convert on a penalty shot midway through the period.

The visitors padded their lead in the final 5 minutes to round out the scoring.

The teams will meet again Thursday night in Langley in the second half of the home and home. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

UDAHL COMMITTS TO SALVE REGINA

Photo courtesy of Garett James
Forward Erik Udahl (96) has committed to Salve Regina Seahawks (Div. III) for the fall of 2017. They're located in Newport Rhode Island and play in the NCAA Division III Commonwealth Coast conference.



Udahl, a Walpole Massachussetts native played parts of the last two seasons with the Express. In 44 career games with the Express during that time he tallied 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points. He dressed in only 11 games with the Express in the 2016-17 season, but was able to chip in with 3 goals and 4 assists for 11 points. In three BCHL seasons with the Express and Langley Rivermen, Udahl scored 19 goals and 20 assists for 39 points in 92 games.

Express Head Coach and GM Barry Wolff: "We are very happy for Erik and his decision to play for Salve Regina where he will attend a great academic school. He's faced a lot of adversity over the last 16 months and a season ending injury. Through it all Erik has found a way to put it all behind him and move forward."

The Express would like to congratulate Erik on his commitment and thank him for his contributions to the Express.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

BULLDOGS @ EXPRESS HIGHLIGHTS

Here's the highlights of the 3-0 Express win over the Bulldogs Sunday.



Highlights courtesy of Jorge Parra and Underdog Productions.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

COOPER TAKES BITE OUT OF BULLDOGS

Reid Cooper made 35 saves for his first BCHL shutout and Christian Bosa scored a pair of first period goals as the Express shutout the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 3-0. Click here for boxscore

It was a game that featured a pair of teams that won't be heading to the BCHL playoffs.

The Express resembled a team that is still working hard to finish the season on a positive note.

They jumped on the Bulldogs and it didn't take long for them to be rewarded.

Noah Turanski led the rush out of the Express zone and dished to Bosa who called for the puck, then when he got it he ripped a shot up over the glove of Brody Claeys for a 1-0 Express lead.



Boss only had to wait 1:34 for his next goal. This time he re-directed a David Giunta point shot for a 2-0 Express lead. The Bulldogs briefly argued Bosa's stick was high, but a short dicussion determined the goal was legal.

The two goals for the Express were all part of a strong opening period that saw the Express outshoot Alberni Valley 18-11.

Blake Hayward gave the Express a 3-0 lead early in the second period taking a Luca Leone pass and slding a backhand home for his 8th of the season.

That would end up being the final goal of the night for the Express, but the odd man rushes for the Express would keep on coming in the opening half of the period, and Claeys was the lone reason the Express didn't add to their lead.

Midway through the second period the game started to shift a little and Reid Cooper got locked in the Express crease. He stopped 9 shots in the second period. He then added another 15 shots in the third but weren't able to beat the Express goaltender who posted his first career BCHL shutout. Cooper can also thank his teammates for their solid play in front of him limiting the high quality chances against and getting sticks in the way to deflect Bulldog shots away from the Express net.

The shots finished 39-35 in favour of the Express which is just the second time in 57 games the Express have outshot an opponent. The other time came in the first meeting of the season between the two teams at the Bauer BCHL showcase in Chilliwack in September.

The Express have one game left in their season this coming Friday when they host the Prince George Spruce Kings.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

WILD 9 EXPRESS 0

Matt Baker's 3 goal and 1 assist performance paced Wenatchee's attack in a 9-0 win over the Express Wednesday.

It was the 4th straight shutout in the season series for Wenatchee over the Express.

The Wild's fast paced uptempo game was too much for the Express to handle on this night. Despite Lawson Fenton's best efforts, and he did make a lot of good saves, the goals eventually started to go in.

Baker converted a feed off the rush for his first of the night to open the scoring. Brian Willams won a puck battle on the boards then cut into the slot and scored for a 2-0 lead after one.

Wenatchee really pulled away in the first 8 minutes of the second period. Baker scored twice to complete his hat-trick. Dakota Raabe, Alex Bates and Tyler Rockwell also scored for a 7-0 lead by the 7:49 mark.

Lawson Fenton was relieved after 7 goals on 28 shots. Reid Cooper did his best to shut the door the rest of the way in the second period with 10 saves to finish the period.

AJ Vanderbeck and Logan Miliken struck just over a minute apart in the third period to round out the scoring.

Wenatchee split their goaltending duties with Anthony Yamnitsky making just 6 saves in 40 minutes. Anthony Cooly turned aside all 7 Express shots in the third period. The final shots finished 58-13 for the Wild.

The win opened up a 5 point lead on Wenatchee on Chilliwack for first place in the Mainland division. The Wild will finish the season with 4 straight meetings with the Langley Rivermen. Chilliwack has 5 games left in their season.

The Express have two games left in their season. They will host Alberni Valley Sunday and then wrap up the season vs. Prince George a week from this Friday. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

EXPRESS COMEBACK FALLS JUST SHORT

The Express battled back in the final 24 minutes but saw their come back effort come just short in a 5-3 loss to the Chilliwack Chiefs. Click here for boxscore

For Chilliwack it clinched a 7 game season series sweep of the Express.

The Express returned home to begin a 4 game home stand to wrap up the regular season.

Another chapter of the Express injury riddled season was written over the weekend with Lawson Fenton and Reid Cooper getting hurt forcing AP's from the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs Kolby Matthews and Jonathan Holloway to dress for the Express between the pipes.

Matthews, who has dressed for the Express as an AP in the past made his first BCHL start and second appearance for the Express. Overall he had a pretty solid game going up against one of the BCHL's top team.

He may have taken the loss in the game, but Chilliwack needed to get to the net in order to convert close plays in front of the net because shots from well out weren't going to beat the Express goaltender.

Kohen Olischefski opened the scoring for Chilliwack converting a feed from behind the Express net and tucking it home.

Six minutes later Kale Kane buried the rebound of a Jordan Kawaguchi shot for a power play goal giving the Chiefs a 2-0 lead after the first period.

The Chiefs outshot the Express in the first period by a count of 20-5. The Express have Matthews to thank for minimizing the damage. He looked poised and confident in the crease with the Chilliwack shots peppered his way.

Davis Bunz converted his own rebound as he cut in from the right wing to make it 3-0 Chiefs. Four minutes later it was 4-0 on Kane's second of the game finishing off a 2 on 1 chance in close to the Express crease.

Owen Stout returned to the lineup on the weekend road trip in the interior. He has picked up right where he left off as one of the Express top point producers. He scored three goals in two games on the road. Wednesday he scored a highlight reel goal late in the second period taking a Mitch Newsome pass and beating a Chiefs defender off the rush then slid a backhand home between the pads of Mathieu Caron to get the Express on the board. Stout finished the game with a goal and an assist.



That goal sparked an Express rally that carried into the third period.

Will Lawrence made it a 4-2 game on a wraparound just 1:15 into the period.

Then back to back Chilliwack penalties gave the Express a 5 on 3 advantage for just over a minute, despite good puck control in the Chiefs zone the Express couldn't capitalize.

Moments after the teams returned to 5 on 5 Jordan Schulting pulled the Express within one walking in from the point and snapped a shot past the glove of Caron. The former Chiefs defenseman had a goal and an assist in the third period.

With 10 minutes left in the third period there was plenty of time for the Express to complete the comeback.

It was at this point the Chiefs worked to put the clamp on the Express come back bid. Kolby Matthews came up with some key stops to keep the dream of the come back alive.



In the final minute of the third period following a face-off in the Express zone Chiefs captain Jordan Kawaguchi dashed the Express come back hopes tapping home a Kohen Olischefski pass at the edge of the crease for 5-3 Chiefs lead.

Kawaguchi finished with a goal and an assist. Kale Kane finished with two goals and an assist.

The Express will have the weekend off before returning to action next Wednesday when they host the Wenatchee Wild. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

CHIEFS 3 EXPRESS 0

Mark Sinclair made 26 saves and Kohen Olishefski and Cole Poliziani each had a goal and an assist as the Chiefs blanked the Express 3-0 Friday night. Click here for boxscore

Chilliwack went to work right away jumping on the Express like they had done in the previous two meetings this month.

The Chiefs owned the puck in the Express zone and all Express netminder Reid Cooper could do was fight off the Chilliwack attack as best he could.

Eventually the Chiefs broke through and it was their hockey IQ which opened up the game in their favour.

A heads up play by Cole Poliziani saw him quickly lift the stick of an Express defender steal the puck and quickly snap a shot from the slot past Cooper to open the scoring.

Then it was Anthony Vincent who was tied up nicely along the boards, but the Express forgot to take out his legs that Vincent used the kick the puck in front of the Express net to Aaron O'Neill who outwaited Cooper to make it 2-0 Chilliwack.

It took until the 15 minute mark of the first period for the Express to register their first shot off the stick of Blake Hayward at the side of the Chiefs net. By that point the Chiefs already had 14 on the Express net.

Brett Cox registered the only other Express shot of the first period a weak wrister from the point. The Chiefs fired 19 shots in the first period.

The second period saw the Express start to pick up their game but were denied at every turn by Mark Sinclair.

Kohen Olischefski from the top of the left circle on the power play beat Cooper with a one timer for 3-0 Chiefs lead.

In the final 40 minutes the Express best chances to to get on the board saw Mark Sinclair make saves on Luca Leone from the slot, Sam Kozlowski alone in front of the net on the power play in the third.

Cooper at the other end had a solid outing despite taking the loss with 35 saves and turned aside 14 of 15 shots in the final two periods.

One of the players that really caught my eye for the Express tonight was young AP Lucas Wong. The defenseman looked confident all night long moving the puck out of the defensive zone, winning battles for the puck and playing an overall steady game.

The Express return to action Saturday night when they visit the Langley Rivermen. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

EXPRESS RALLY IN 3RD TO TOP EAGLES


Jake Toor scored the game winning goal - Photo courtesy of Damon James
For the second straight meeting the Express used a third period come back en route to a 4-3 win over the Surrey Eagles. Click here for boxscore

The previous meeting between the two teams needed overtime to decide the matchup, tonight the Express were able to get the job done in regulation.

The win clinches the season series between the two teams in favour of the Express 4-3.

Veteran experience helped the opposition carry them to victory over the Express in the last two games. Wednesday's game the Express can point to their veterans who played a key role in this win.

Alex Ambrosio (middle) scored twice - Photo courtesy of Damon James
A veteran opened the scoring, but it was a youngster helped get the play started. Christian Bosa saw a hit coming from former teammate Domenic Masellis and Bosa braced for it sending Masellis to the ice. Moments later Bosa intercepted a Masellis clearing attempt along the boards setting up Ambrosio who opened the scoring. The assist for Bosa was his third in his last two games.

The lead only lasted a shade under 90 seconds on a long stretch pass that allowed Ashton Calder to get a half step on the Express defence and Calder beat Lawson Fenton on a breakaway to tie the game at one.

Surrey had moments of owning the run of play in the Express zone. But one mistake resulted in a turnover allowing Ambrosio and Sam Kozlowski to break out on a two on one. Ambrosio had his options on the rush to send the puck across to Kozlowski who opened up for a one timer, Ambrosio decided to keep the puck and rang in a shot off the post for his second of the night giving the Express their second lead of the game.



The Express took their 2-1 lead to the second period. And they have Lawson Fenton to thank for that who made 19 saves in the opening period.

The power play had three chances to help break the game open for the Express. But they had trouble breaking out of their own zone and setting up in the Surrey zone letting an opportunity to build on their lead slip away.

Eagles AP Owen Williams evened things up for the visitors late in the second period when his original shot off a won draw in the Express zone was blocked, but his second shot beat a surprised Lawson Fenton for his first BCHL goal to tie the game at two.

There was an ominous sign to open the third period. The red light behind Lawson Fenton was left on for the first few seconds of the period. Three minutes later the Eagles took their lone lead of the night when Darius Davidson slid a shot under the pads of Fenton for a 3-2 Eagles lead.

Captain Luca Leone returned to the lineup after missing the previous three games. He played a key role in the Express comeback. He set up Will Lawrence at the 6 minute mark who tied the game at three. For Lawrence it was his third goal in his last three games vs. Surrey. He also has four goals in his last five.



Devon Mussio - Photo courtesy of Damon James
Leone then picked the puck up off the dasher boards in the Surrey zone and set up Jake Toor who scored just over three minutes later giving the Express a 4-3 lead. The Express rookie has 5 goals this season, three of them have come vs. Surrey.

A late third period power play for the Express could have put the game away, but it wasn't meant to be. The Express finished 0 for 5 on the power play. But it was another perfect night on the penalty killing shutting down three Surrey powerplays.

The Express survived one final Surrey push and they held on for the win. Lawson Fenton finished with 37 saves for his 6th win of the season.

Friday the Express host the Chilliwack Chiefs. They will then head to Langley Saturday night.