Friday, February 5, 2016


Express bench looks on  - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
Vimal Sukumaran tallied his third hat-trick of the season and was among three Chiefs players with a four point night in a 9-1 win over the Express. Click here for boxscore

Jack Surowiec - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
Chilliwack scored early, often and right through to the end.

It started in the opening minute of the first period with Jake Smith opening the scoring on a scramble play.

Then Vimal Sukumaran started his big night with his first two of the night on a set up from the slot and scoring alone at the side of the Express net for a 3-0 Chiefs after the first period.

The Express had their chances but weren't able to finish when it came time to bury the puck. Jackson Cressey was robbed by the pad of Aiden Pelino after the Express captain took a drop pass from Austin McIlMurray. Then McIlMurray had a breakaway but put his backhand out of play.

Blake Hayward - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
Cressey had more chances for the Express on a pair of second period powerplays but was unable to bury them either.

Sukumaran completed his third hat-trick of the season and scored his 30th of the year on a breakaway goal after he blocked an Express shot at the Chiefs blueline. Sukumaran finished with three goals and one assist.

Dennis Cholowski made it 5-0 through two periods.

The beat went on for Chilliwack in the third period, Zach Guitarri, Jordan Kawaguchi, Taylor Allan and Kohen Olischefski added third period goals. All told the Chiefs struck for 9 goals on 30 shots. Kawaguchi and Olischefski had one goal and three assists.
Keegan Jones - Photo courtesy of Garrett James

Austin McIlMurray scored the lone Express goal on the night in the third period.

Aiden Pelino battled through a few collisions with Express players and injury to turn aside 19 of 20 shots to post the win.

Chilliwack improved to 4-0 vs. the Express this season.

The Express return to action Monday afternoon on Family day in Surrey.

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Colton Kerfoot picked up his 100th career point - Photo courtesy of Damon James
The Express battled one of the hottest teams in the BCHL right to the end but the ending was bitter losing 2-1 in double overtime to West Kelowna. Click here for boxscore

The Warriors entered the game unbeaten in their last 5 and were 9-2-1 in January. The Express meanwhile had lost their last four games.

Coming off a three game in three day road trip, the Express were a little banged up with Noah Turanski and Tyger Howat joining Nic Coltura and Luca Leone on the injured list. Mat Michie was serving the second game of a two game suspension for a checking from behind major penalty Saturday in Cowichan Valley.

Lawson Fenton had 36 saves - Photo courtesy of Damon James
The Express had to find a way to shut down one of the more offensively explosive teams in the BCHL with a thin lineup.

They pretty much did that most of the night by playing a patient game while being passive at times on the forecheck.

The result limited the amount of quality scoring chances that Lawson Fenton had to face. Once the Warriors had the puck in the Express end, the Express needed to battle along the boards as the Warriors used their size and strength to grind the Express down.

Alex Ambrosio - Photo courtesy of Damon James
It took until early in the second period for the first goal of the game. The reigning BCHL player of the week Jonathan Desbiens carried the puck down the wing in the Express zone and snapped a shot past Fenton for Desbiens' 36th goal of the season.

Both teams had their chances with the power play in the third period seeking that big "next goal" that would either tie the game or give the Warriors the two goal lead but it never came for either team on the power play.

Finally the Express system paid dividends with clock winding down. Austin McIlMurray picked off the puck at the Warriors blue line and he set up Colton Kerfoot at the side of the net to tie the game at one. The goal for Kerfoot was his 100th career BCHL point in his 93rd career game.

In the dying seconds of the game each team took penalties that could have had an impact in the final outcome. Austin McIlMurray and Garrett Forster for the Warriors each took slashing penalties 47 seconds apart.

Blake Hayward - Photo courtesy of Damon James
The Forster penalty carried over into the overtime, but the Express couldn't take advantage of the power play. It was more of the same for the Express not making Kristian Blumenschein pay for his tripping penalty seconds after Forster stepped back on the ice. The Express finished 0 for 5 on the power play.

Ryan Coghlan had the best chance for the Express to win the game but he was stopped in close by Warriors goaltender Keelan Williams who finished with 35 saves and was named the game's second star.

The teams went up and down the ice to begin 3 on 3 double overtime but no real glorious scoring chances emerged. West Kelowna was paitient at times with the puck in the Express zone in 3 on 3. Their patience was rewarded with veteran Liam Blackburn fighting off Express defenders turning and controlling the puck. He was finally able to break free and come out from behind the Express net beating Lawson Fenton to give the Warriors their 5th straight win.

Fenton turned aside 36 of the 38 shots sent his way. The Express deserve to be recognized for not forcing their goaltender to stand on their head just to at least come away with a point in the losing cause.

Up next for the Express is the first regular season visit by division rival Chilliwack on the first Friday of February.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Colton Kerfoot - Photo courtesy of Damon James
They tried for their third straight third period come from behind victory, but it wasn't enough Wednesday as the Express fell 4-2 to the Wenatchee Wild. Click here for boxscore

In each of the last two games for the Express they were able to dig themselves out of a third period hole to come away with the win at the end of the night.

Jake Brien & Blake Christensen - Photo courtesy of Damon James
Wenatchee played fast all night and the Express had to do their best just to keep up.

It was scoreless after the first period with the Wild outshooting the Express 10-3. The best chance for the Express didn't even register as a shot with Austin McIlMurray beating Garrett Nieto with a wrist shot that clanged off the post.

The pressure for the Wild finally broke through in the second period with Alex Bates beating Tyger Howat with a point shot through a screen following a won faceoff in the Express zone.

The fortunes for the Express didn't change much in the second period. They were outshot by a wider margin 16-4.

The speed of the Wild forced the Express to be chasing the puck most of the night. That resulted in Express penalties late in the second and early in the third. The Express penalty killers for the most part were able to get the job done. But the Wild got a break in early in the third period to extend their lead.
Tyger Howat made 40 saves - Photo courtesy of Damon James

Charlie Combs beat Tyger Howat with a shot past his glove from the point. Howat appeared to have  clear lane to see the shot but wasn't able to snag it.

Wenatchee's speed then drew a penalty shot for Matt Baker driving to the net and he was hauled down on his shot. On the free pass, Baker couldn't fool Howat with a Claude Giroux type move to keep the Express down just two for the moment.

It was at this point Barry Wolff juggled his top two lines for a second straight game. He put Mitch Newsome back up with Jackson Cressey and Austin McIlMurray. That line got their signals crossed on a dump in that led the 3-0 Wild goal.

McIlMurray dumped the puck into the Wild zone, as the puck bounced around the boards Newsome appeared to leave the puck for Cressey to pick it up coming from behind. Cressey however didn't pick it up then suddenly the Wild were on a two on one and Dakota Raabe finished it off for a 3-0 Wild lead.

Finally in the second half in the third period the Express began using their speed which led to the Wild taking penalites. Just seconds as a 5 on 3 Express advantage began Colton Kerfoot scored his 20th of the season to get the Express on the board.

Seconds later Charlie Barrow was hauled down entering the Wild zone resulting in another Express two man advantage.

Austin McIlMurray scored one second after the two man advantage ended and suddenly the Express are down 3-2 with 3:30 to play.

That goal suddenly sparked hopes of another come back. But with the resumption of 5 on 5 play the Wild went back to managing the puck in the Express zone and working the clock. The Wild broke the Express down and Mike Coyne found himself alone in front of the net and he had enough time to beat Tyger Howat with a deke to the backhand.

The Wild finished the game with 44 shots while the Express mustered a season low of just 15. They quite simply spent too much time all game long chasing the puck on the sticks of the Wild players in the Express end of the rink and generating no where near enough scoring chances of their own.

They were able to dig themselves out of third period holes the last two games, but the low percentages of teams rallying from behind entering the third period trailing caught up with them Wednesday.

This weekend the Express will have one final road trip this season with visits to Powell River, Cowichan Valley and Alberni Valley.


Here's the highlights of the 6-5 Express OT win over the Langley Rivermen Sunday.

Highlights courtesy of Jorge Parra and Underdog Productions. 

Monday, January 25, 2016


J. Cressey celebrates his game winning goal Friday - Photo courtesy of  D. James
Coquitlam Express captain Jackson Cressey has been named the BCHL player of the week.

Cressey scored the game winning goal in both games this weekend Friday vs. Wenatchee (on his 20th birthday) and Sunday afternoon in Langley.

In Sunday's game Cressey potted his second hat-trick of the season with all three goals coming on the power play and added an assist sparking an Express come from behind overtime win over the Langley Rivermen.

The Princeton University commit leads the Express with 29 goals this season and is second in team scoring with 59 points in 39 games. 

Sunday, January 24, 2016


Jackson Cressey's second hat-trick of the season completed a dramatic come back for the Express 6-5 in overtime vs. the Langley Rivermen. Click here for boxscore

The captain's third of the night came in overtime on the power play in a game where the Express scored a season high four power play goals.

Things didn't start well for the Express. Justin Szeto opned the scoring for Langley burying the rebound of a point shot following a won face-off in the Express zone. 58 seconds later the Rivermen added to their lead on Ryan Barrow's first of two on the night.

Keegan Jones cut into Langley's lead before the first period was done holding off a Rivermen defender and powering the puck to the net and beating a stretched out Bo Didur. For Jones it was his third goal of the season.

Langley took their second two goal lead of the night in the second period off a goal by Rivermen Captain Jordan Schneider whose wrist shot tipped off an Express defender and fluttered over the shoulder of Lawson Fenton.

All night long when the Rivermen went up a pair, the Express had a response and stayed within striking distance. A quick give and go on the power play between Alex Ambrosio and Taylor resulted in the former scoring with a quick shot over the glove of Bo Didur.

Midway through the second period the Express got into penalty trouble with Blake Hayward and Alex Ambrosio being called for hooking and cross checking penalties 17 seconds apart resulting in a lengthy Rivermen two man advantage.

The Rivermen were patient with their opportunity slowly moving the puck around in the Express zone. Finally William Campion found Torrin White alone at the side of the Express net who had a tap for Langley's third two goal lead of the night at 4-2.

Period two wound down with the Express on the power play, and the rallying Express cut into the deficit in the dying seconds with Jackson Cressey scoring his first of the night snapping home a hard pass across from Austin McIlMuarray to make it 4-3 going to the third period.

Five minutes into the third period Ryan Barrow's second of the game put Langley up a pair for a fourth time.

Jackson Cressey scored his second of the night and the third power play goal of the game scoring off the rush with just under seven minutes to go.

It was at this point Express Head Coach Barry Wolff took a look at his bench and decided who was going and who wasn't. He juggled his lines and shortened his bench looking to spark one final come back.

He placed Mitch Newsome on the line with Austin McIlMurray and Jackson Cressey. Keegan Jones was skating with Cam Bertsch and Colton Kerfoot. The resulting changes altered the look with a little more grit on the top line and a combination of size, speed and skill on the second line.

The changes paid off late in the game as the Express completed their comeback with former Rivermen Mitch Newsome carrying the puck into the Rivermen zone then getting the puck in deep for McIlMurray who set up Newsome in front of the net who scored his second Express goal to tie with with just over two minutes left in regulation. Both of Newsome's goals for the Express have come in the third period in two games against his former team.

It was a slow start for the first four minutes of the four on four overtime. Then after a Langley rush in the Express zone Rivermen captain Jordan Schneider was called for a roughing penalty with just 14 seconds left in the first overtime.

The red hot Express power play didn't take long for Schenider to pay for his penalty. They won the draw and quickly set up and Colton Kerfoot put a pass on the tee for Cressey to unload a one timer up over Bo Didur for Cressey's third power play goal of the game. That capped off a 4 for 6 night for the Express on the power play which was a season high for power play goals for the Express.

For Cressey it was his second hat-trick of the season. This weekend the captain scored the game winning goal in both of their games and he now has 29 goals on the season.

Lawson Fenton made 33 saves for his 10th win of the season.

The Express return home for one game on Wednesday vs. Wenatchee before the Express hit the road for their final road trip of the season next weekend on the Island. 

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Here's the highlights of the Express 2-1 win over the Wenatchee Wild Friday.

2016-01-22 WEN @ COQ Highlights
Highlights from the January 22, 2015 BCHL Live game, Wenatchee Wild Hockey at Coquitlam Express Jr A Hockey Club brought to you by UnderDog Productions
Posted by UnderDog Productions on Saturday, January 23, 2016
Highlights courtesy of Jorge Parra and Underdog Productions.