Friday, October 9, 2015


Jeremy Leipsic scored his second of the game in double overtime to give the Powell River Kings a 4-3 win over the Express. Click here for boxscore

It was the third straight game and fourth time in the last five outings for the Express to go past the 60 minutes. The loss was the first in overtime for the Express who saw their OT record fall to 3-1-1 this season.

The Express played without forward Austin McIlmurray who served a one game suspension for abuse of official Tuesday in West Kelowna. Lawson Fenton started in place of Tyger Howat who watched from the stands after suffering an injury Tuesday night.

Powell River opened the scoring 9 minutes into the game when Nick Halagian lobbed the puck in the air and it came down to Austin Kamer who deked past Fenton to open the scoring.

The Express battled back which would become a theme on the night. Jack Surowiec who took the place on the top line with Jackson Cressey and Colton Kerfoot found a loose puck after a Taylor Green shot and slid home his first BCHL goal on a backhand.

Leipsic struck for his first of the night in the second period when he finished off a give and go with Jake Kohlhauser for the second Kings lead of the night.

Captain Jackson Cressey evened things up for the Express going to the net and poking home a loose puck for a power play goal assisted by Colton Kerfoot and Charlie Barrow. The Express have a power play goal in 6 straight games.

Powell River took their third lead of the night when Rylan Ball roofed a shot over the left shoulder of Fenton who thought he took away the left side of the net. But Ball does deserves credit for a pretty slick shot upstairs.

Late in the second period the Kings had a chance to extend their lead when Dante Hahn and Jackson Cressey were called for penalties in quick succession leading to a 5 on 3 for 1:43. Powell River owned the puck in the Express end. But the penalty killers and most notably Lawson Fenton who rose to the occasion to keep the Express down only a goal. The Express finished off killing off all four Kings power plays.

Moments after the penalties expired early in the third period Charlie Barrow evened things up for the Express in the third period for a second straight game when his wrist shot over the glove of Jeff Smith found the back of the net.

Nothing was decided after 60 minutes. The best chance for the Express to win it in overtime was Colton Kerfoot setting up Jackson Cressey alone in front but Jeff Smith shut the door. He finished with 37 saves to earn his 5th straight win.

Lawson Fenton has done a very admirable job coming in and taking the Express crease since Tyger Howat went down on Tuesday. Friday night he was rock solid between the pipes. He kept the game alive with a great save on Tristan Mullin in four on four overtime. He finished with 42 saves.

The Kings finally prevailed in three on three when they were very patient controlling the puck in the Express zone. They were finally able to break down the Express defense and create room for Leipsic who snapped a shot home from the slot to extend the Kings winning streak to seven games.

Now the Express head south of the border for the first time in franchise history to play the Wenatchee Wild in their home opener Saturday before heading to Trail on Sunday.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Charlie Barrow scored his second overtime winner of the season for his second goal of the game in a 3-2 Express win over the West Kelowna Warriors Tuesday night. Click here for boxscore

The Belmont Massachusetts native also scored the game tying goal in the third period.

It was a game that had a number of twists and turns. Most notably in the second period.

Things started well for the Express as Colton Kerfoot opened the scoring on a first period power play.  Kerfoot closed in from the right circle and picked the top corner on Stephen Heslop as Taylor Green used his 6'7 frame to create a very effective screen.

Former Express Garrett Forster pulled the Warriors even early in the second period as he wired a shot in off the goal post past Tyger Howat.

That would be the start of a very dominant second period for the Warriors.

Howat then came up with a spectacular save on a Warriors power play stretching out to rob Paul Lovsin.

West Kelowna took their lone lead of the night when Liam Blackburn found Quin Foreman in front of the Express net and he deked around a fully stretched out Howat and slid the puck home.

Moments later Howat was down on one knee and in discomfort on the ice. He would end up leaving the game favoring his left leg and didn't return. Perhaps the save on Lovsin or the goal by Foreman or a combination of the two led to the injury.

That put Lawson Fenton in a tough spot to face the barrage of the Warriors attack. And face a barrage Fenton did. West Kelowna seemingly had the puck in the Express end for almost the entire second period. But Fenton was there to shut the door for the Express. West Kelowna outshot the Express 19-5 in the 2nd period.

Late in the middle frame Jack Serowiec delivered a big hit in the corner on defenseman Jake Harrison. He would leave the game and not return.

Seroweic was given a two minute check to the head penalty plus the automatic 10 minute misconduct. He also had to answer the bell and dropped the mitts with Rylan Yaremko and was given the automatic ejection. Also in that sequence Austin McIlmurray was given a game misconduct.

Coming out of the second period the Express were down three players from their roster for a variety of reasons.

The Express would tilt the ice back in their favour in the third period.

Alex Ambrosio moved up the the first line with Jackson Cressey and Colton Kerfoot for the third period following McIlmurray's ejection. He would help the Express create some chances for the in the third period.

Midway through the frame Ambrosio's centering pass went through the goal crease then bounced back to Charlie Barrow who blasted home his first of the night off the post to tie the game at two.

Fenton would shut the door on all 8 shots in the third period to get the game to overtime. He finished making 17 saves on all 17 shots sent his way after relieving Howat midway through the second period.

It didn't take long for the overtime to come to an end. Kerfoot would dig the puck out of a prolonged scrum for the puck in the corner, turn and find a perfectly timed pinch from Barrow who snapped home a pass upstairs for his second overtime winner in less than a week to give the Express a 3-2 win.

The win improved the Express to 3-0-1 in overtime this season. They've played beyond 60 minutes in three of their last four games.

Up next the Express are back home Friday night vs. the Powell River Kings before heading back on the road to the first visit to Wenatchee and Trail.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Here's the highlights of the Express home opener Saturday vs. Cowichan Valley.

Highlights courtesy of Jorge Parra and Underdog Productions.

Saturday, October 3, 2015


Blake Hayward in player introductions - Photo courtesy of Garrett James

Personally I don't find tie games all that entertaining. But the home opener for the Express vs. the Cowichan Valley Capitals left the fans in attendance feeling like they got their money worth in the 3-3 final. Click here for boxscore

Forward Matt Michie - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
The game had chances, entertaining goals, big saves and left fans thinking about what if when they left the rink.

Things didn't start well for the Express as the puck came right into the slot to a wide open Patrick Geary who opened the scoring just 54 seconds into the game.

Both teams easily could have used fatigue as an excuse but that wasn't the case. The Express were playing their third game in three nights after the previous two nights on the Island. The Caps travelled to Coquitlam after playing up in Prince George the night before.

Austin McILmurray celebrates his first goal - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
Austin McIlmurray pulled the Express even taking a pass from Taylor Green and sliding the puck through Storm Phaneuf.

The Coral Springs Florida native added his second of the night midway through the second period as he found a loose puck and hammered it just inside the post for his second of the game giving the Express a 2-1 lead.

29 seconds later on the power play the Express extended their lead as the puck was worked across to Nic Coltura and his shot found the back of the net for a 3-1 Express lead.

Storm Phaneuf watches an Express goal - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
Cowichan quickly pulled back within one as Geary scoring his second of the game just 23 seconds after the 3-1 goal. All told the teams traded three goals in a 52 second span.

In the third period Cowichan Valley pulled even when Matthew Hudie scored on a one timer seconds after an Express penalty expired and the game was tied at three.

The Express have their penalty killing to thank for earning a point in this game. They killed off all 7 Caps power plays. The biggest kill coming in the final three minutes of the third period after Nic Coltura was called for boarding.

In the first overtime the Express had the game put on a platter with Adam Osczevski hauling down Charlie Barrow resulting in an Express power play.

Colton Kerfoot - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
The best chance on the man advantage came on a one timer from McIlmurray blasting a one timer wide. He had a number of quality chances on the night to complete his first BCHL hat-trick. For the most part the Express were pretty methodical working the puck around on the 4 on 3 power play.

In 3 on 3 it was Tyger Howat's time to shine. He made sparking saves on Darien Craighead on a breakaway, a bang bang play for Oszevski in front. And a scramble play that the Caps couldn't poke the puck home lying in the crease. Howat finished with 27 saves and was named the games third star.

Colton Kerfoot is going to have nightmares after the puck came to him in the dying seconds of the game and he ripped a shot high and wide.

Up next for the Express is a visit to West Kelowna Tuesday night.

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Jackson Cressey scored twice and added an assist - Photo Courtesy of Damon James
They were ready to go right from the drop of the puck and it carried the Express right on through for the next 60 minutes. They came away from the 2015 Bauer BCHL showcase splitting their two games by taking Saturday's game 4-2 over Nanaimo. Click here for boxscore

Coming off a disappointing 7-2 set back in the opener vs. Powell River, the Express wanted to make amends against a very good team. That's exactly what happened.

Right from the start the Express were physical, skating creating chances and eventually their work paid off.

The top line of Captain Jackson Cressey, Colton Kerfoot and Austin McIlmurray carried the load for the Express offensively. They scored all four goals with Kerfoot and Cressey each scoring twice. While McIlmurray chipped in with a pair of helpers. They combined for four goals and three assists for seven points.

Colton Kerfoot celebrates one of his two goals - Photo Courtesy of Damon James
Kerfoot scored his first of the game just over 5 minutes in as the puck came to him in the slot and he scored on a backhand beating Clippers goaltender Jakob Walter.

The Clippers got it back just over three minutes later as Sean Buchannon beat Tyger Howat with a shot off the post and in.

The Express top line took over a shift in the Nanaimo zone cycling effectively for a good 30 seconds below the hashmarks. The cycle was helped out by a smart pinch by defenceman Taylor Green to keep the cycle alive. Eventually, the Clippers coverage was broken down and Cressey scored on a pass from behind the net by Kerfoot for a 2-1 Express lead.

Eric Udahl - Photo Courtesy of Damon James
Playing with the lead it allowed Head Coach Barry Wolff to get all four lines involved in the game to show their abilities to the plenty of scouts in attendance.

Owen Stout at one point showed good speed and used it to create a chance wiring a shot off the post, Cam Bertsch using his speed defensively to make a good play in his own end, Jake Brien delivered another body rattling hit for a second straight game.

Colton Kerfoot got his second of the game late in the second period converting a clever diagonal pass through the zone by Owen Stout for a powerplay goal to give the Express a 3-1 lead through 40 minutes.

Clippers defenceman Yanni Kaldis pulled Nanaimo within one early in the third period with a shot that beat Howat on the glove side.

Then came a key sequence moments later. A pair of Express penalties in quick succession gave Nanaimo a 5 on 3 for 1:38. The Clippers owned the puck in the Nanaimo zone, but a combination of key saves by Howat and the penalty killing unit held off the Nanaimo surge to keep the Express in front.

Midway through the third period Austin McIlmurray sprung Cressey on a breakaway and he re-stored the Express two goal advantage.

Cressey really showed why he was given the “C” for the Express this season. He may have played his best game in an Express uniform Saturday. In addition to scoring a pair of goals, he was delivering hits, paying the price to block shots. Setting a pretty easy example for the rest of his teammates to follow. And follow they did.

Jack Surowiec was among one of the other players that stood out paying the price to block shots to help preserve the win. Taylor Green was solid breaking up rushes at the Express blue line.

Tyger Howat was 1st star with 48 saves - Photo Courtesy of Damon James
Then Tyger Howat shut the door for good after the Clippers scored their second goal in the third period. He finished with 48 saves on 50 shots to earn the games 1st star. He's faced 40+ shots in each of his first three Express starts. Two of them victories.

This win against a good team can help set the standard the Express would like to set for this season.

Next week the Express are on the road in Victoria and Nanaimo Thursday and Friday. Before playing their home opener in one week vs. Cowichan Valley next Saturday.

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Dante Hahn scored in his Express debut. Photo courtesy of Garrett James.
The Express and the Powell River Kings raised the curtain for the 4th annual Bauer BCHL showcase at the Prospera Centre in Chilliwack.

It was the Kings who prevailed by a 7-2 final. Click here for boxscore

Powell River got going just over 6 minutes into the first period when Jonny Evans fired a shot from the circle up over the shoulder of Braden Krogfoss who was down in the paddle down position.

Defenceman Taylor Green - Photo courtesy of Garrett James.
The Express lineup has gone through some changes since the season has began. Thursday the Express dressed former Langley Rivermen forward Dante Hahn (95) as an AP. The 150 game BCHL veteran set the tone for what would be a solid effort in his Express debut. He had their best scoring chance in the first period as he broke through the middle of the ice receiving a pass then went to the backhand where he was robbed by Kings goaltender Jeff Smith.

Defenceman Jake Brien showed some of his physical prowess in the first period. He had a big hit at the Express line as he lined up a Kings player coming down the wing. He had a similar type hit minutes later. This time he was called for charging.

On the ensuing power play Carter Turnbull finished off a 2 on 1 by firing a shot up over the glove of Krogfoss for a 2-0 Kings lead.

Eric Udahl - Photo courtesy of Garrett James.
It didn't take long for the Kings to add to their lead in the second period as just 18 seconds in Jeremy Leclerc scored with a goal up off the rush.

The Express best chance to score Thursday morning came in the second period when Austin McIlmurray was sprung on a breakaway. He was poke checked by Smith. Colton Kerfoot followed up on the play and was robbed by the glove of the fallen goaltender sitting on his backside.

Turnbull added his second power play goal of the game midway through the second period as he beat Krogfoss with a wrist shot top corner over the glove of Krogfoss to put the Kings up 4.

Dante Hahn was arguably the Express most dangerous forward Thursday. The second most dangerous may have been his linemate Blake Hayward. He had two good looks in the second period. His first chance he slid a wrist shot low and just past the far post. Then he ripped a wrist shot off the underside of the crossbar from the slot.

The Express appeared to have gotten on the scoreboard before the second period was done. Colton Kerfoot from the left wing boards threw the puck at the net looking for a streaking McIlmurray. While en route the puck hit a Kings defender and went in the net before reaching McIlmurray who crashed into the cage. The goal was immediately waved off by the referee.

Dante Hahn got the Express on the board in the third period. From the goal line he slid the puck to the crease from the goal line and it bounced in off a Kings defenseman and in to make it a 4-1 game.

The goal was just the second power play goal for the Express this season.

But less than a minute later the Kings re-stored their four goal lead on a goal by Austin Kamer top shelf over the glove. Are you noticing a theme here?

Austin McIlmurray got a small measure of revenge scoring on a similar set up from Colton Kerfoot that resulted on the Express goal being waved off in the 2nd period.

Nick Halagian and Liam Lawson also had third period goals for the Kings.

Powell River outshot the Express 39-33.

The Kings were 2 for 3 on the power play while the Express were 1 for 3.

The Express will play their second game of the showcase Saturday afternoon at 1pm vs. the Nanaimo Clippers. They will play their home opener on Friday October 3rd vs. Cowichan Valley.

Some transaction news to keep you posted on. Forward Michael Merulla  has been traded to the Surrey Eagles. And defenseman Jivan Sidhu (95) has been traded to the Kanata Lasers CCHL for future considerations.

Check out an interview with Express forward Jack Surowiec.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


The Coquitlam Express have traded Forward Daniell Lange (95) to the Kindersley Klippers (SJHL) In exchange for future considerations.

The Langley native, Lange played the last two seasons with the Express.  He dressed for 104 games with 19 goals and 15 assists for 34 points. He also dressed for 29 BCHL playoff and Western Canada cup games with two assists. He was a member of the Express 2014 Fred Page cup championship team.

The Express would like to thank Daniell for his hard work and dedication to the team over the last two seasons.  And wish him all the best in his final season of Junior hockey in Kindersley.