Saturday, February 17, 2018


The Express played one of their more complete outings in recent weeks and came away with a 3-1 win over the Mainland division champion Prince George Spruce Kings. Click here for boxscore

The win snapped a 7 game losing streak for the Express.

Saturday night the Express dug in to play a game that saw them make smart plays in the defensive zone that translated into success in the other end.

In the Express crease Brock Hamm was in fine form. One of his best saves of the first period came on an Express power play to deny Dustin Manz on a shorthanded breakaway.

Late in the first period the Express opened the scoring starting in the defensive zone with Christian Sanda digging out a puck then feeding Eric Linell who fired a stretch pass that only Josh Wildauer could get a stick on then he fought off a Spruce Kings defender and roofed his 10th of the season.

The penalty killing was another aspect of the Express game that was on the mark. They killed off three Prince George powerplays in the first 21 minutes of the game to carry the one goal lead into the opening minutes of the 2nd period. Prince George finished 0 for 5 on the power play.

Colby Pederson did a lot of heavy lifting for the Express to battle for pucks through the night. He made a good play along the wall in the defensive zone to bounce off the glass to himself then rush it into the Spruce Kings zone then fire a perfect pass on the tap of Haydn Delorme racing to the net for a 2-0 Express lead.

The lead stood into the third period. The Express had to contend with a Spruce Kings team that works to control the puck in the offensive zone hoping to lead to breakdowns and chances. From a defensive stand point the Express did a good job of managing the Spruce Kings attack.

With just under 6 to play the Spruce Kings finally broke through when Dylan Anhorn from the blueline found Kyle Johnson alone in front of the Express net and he roofed the puck over a sprawled Hamm to break his shutout.

As the click ticked down the Express did get some shifts in the Spruce Kings end to help tick down the clock.

Then with just over a minute to play and the extra attacker on the ice for Prince George, the Express won a defensive zone draw and rimmed around the boards to centre ice eventually getting into the Prince George end where Christian Sanda sealed the game with a empty net goal. Sanda finished with a goal and an assist.

The Express salvaged the final game of the season series against the Spruce Kings. In fact the Express picked up their first win in two years vs. Prince George. It was Valentines day 2016 the last time the Express defeated the Spruce Kings who were 12-0-1 against the Express dating back to the start of last season.

Sunday the Express will play their final road game of the season with a visit to Langley. It the first game of a home and home with the Express wrapping up the regular season Friday night when they host the Rivermen. 


Highlights from the Vees 5-1 win over the Express Friday night.

Highlights produced by Eddie Gregory. 

Friday, February 16, 2018


Penticton completed a sweep of the Express in a home and home set. They followed up their 7-1 win Wednesday in Penticton with a 5-1 win Friday night in Coquitlam. Click here for boxscore

Like Wednesday's meeting some best scoring chances for the Express came in the first period, just the finish wasn't there. Jack MacNab powered the puck to the net creating a scramble opportunity that Vees goaltender Adam Scheel had to fight hard to keep out.

Cody Hough got the call for a second straight game as an AP on the blueline, like Wednesday he had some impressive moments. He was confidently moving the puck out of the D zone. He also had a good one timer chance.

Penticton opened the scoring on a power play on Nick Leiverman's slapshot that over powered Brock Hamm.

Late in the first period Lukas Sillinger pounced on a loose puck that was sitting in the Express zone and snapped a backhand through Brock Hamm's pads for a 2-0 Vees lead after the first period.

The Vees didn't wait until the third period to ramp up their game to another level.

Cassidy Bowes made it a 3-0 game burying the rebound of Leiverman's slapshot that wired off the glass.

Owen Sillinger followed Wednesday's two goal effort with another Friday. He buried a set up following some good passing in the Express zone for his 30th of the season on the power play. Penticton was 2 for 2 on the power play. The Express were 0 for 3.

Then Sillinger converted the prettiest goal of the night. Sillinger and Chris Klack broke out shorthanded and Black dished a beautiful backhand pass to Sillinger who scored his second of the night for a 5-0 lead after 40 minutes. The Vees outshot the Express 12-1 in the second period.

The game settled into auto pilot in the third period. Jack MacNab broke Scheel's shutout bid with his second goal in as many games with just 1:12 to play to round out the scoring at 5-1.

On a bright note for the Express they secured the final BCHL playoff spot courtesy of Nanaimo's 7-1 win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. The Express will cross over to the Interior division and face the top seed which at this point will be Penticton.

Saturday night the Express will host the Mainland division champion Prince George Spruce Kings.

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Highlights of the Vees 7-1 win over the Express Wednesday.

Highlights produced by Eddie Gregory. 


In the first of a home and home the Penticton Vees used a five goal third period to pull away from the Express in a 7-1 win. Click here for boxscore

The Express not only had to battle the BCHL's top team, they also had to battle a bug that had inflicted a few players in the room.

Cody Hough was called up from the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs of the BC Major Midget League on the blueline. The AP had a prominent game right off the bat helping create some of the better scoring chances for the Express in the first period. On one particular play he received a pass on the rush and snapped a shot wide.

Ryan Sandelin opened the scoring for the Vees getting go the net to create traffic in front of Clay Stevenson and re-direct a Jonny Tychonick point shot for his 7th of the season.

The shots in the first period were 15-5 for the Vees, but didn't reflect some of the chances the Express were able to create.

Adam Scheel finished with 20 saves on the night. One of his best came on a 2nd period Express power play to deny Josh Wildauer at the side of the Vees net.

Midway through the 2nd period Michael Campoli's shot from the wing was stopped by Clay Stevenson who kicked out a juicy rebound that Owen Sillinger slammed home from the slot for his 28th of the season. The 28 goals for Sillinger matches the total of Express leader Eric Linell.

The Express opened the third period with a power play with Chris Klack serving a interference penalty.

The visitors used the power play to cut into the Vees lead early in the third period. Jack MacNab re-directed a Troy Robillard point shot at the :58 second mark.

Down a goal in the third for the Express created the hope that a comeback was plausible for the Express.

It didn't take long for the Vees to absolutely crush those hopes.

Just under 4 minutes later Ryan Sandelin scored his second of the night beating Stevenson with a wrist shot from the right wing. It's at this point the Vees put the game to bed.

Kenny Johnson scored his first of the season from the left wing on a shot that changed directions on a skate to make it 4-1 just over three minute later.

Owen Sillinger then walked out of the corner and roofed a shot for a 5-1 Vees lead on Sillenger's 2nd of the night.

56 seconds later the Express got a double whammy. Taylor Ward scored on a wrist shot to make it 6-1. Also on the play Josh Bruce went down on a knee one knee collision with a Vees player. The Express forward was in a fair amount of discomfort as he needed help to get off the ice.

Wyatt Sloboshan capped off a run of 5 goals in 10:22 for the Vees to round out the scoring.

The final shots finished 42-21 in favour of Penticton. The loss extended the Express losing streak to 6.

The teams meet again Friday night in Coquitlam in the second half of the home and home. 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Troy Robillard - Photo courtesy of Damon James
Salmon Arm struck three times in the first 12 minutes of the game and never looked back en route to a 5-2 win over the Express. Click here for boxscore

The key deciding moment of this game came just 1:55 into the contest. Lucas Wong hit Salmon Arm's Max Wutzke from behind sending the defenseman crashing into the boards spreading his legs on contact. Wutzke was shaken up on the play and didn't return.

Right upon the start of the power play the Silverbacks started generating quality chances.

They capitalized on the powerplay just 22 seconds into it on a goal from Tanner Campbell who found a loose puck at the side of the Express net.

Justin Wilson scored Salmon Arm's second power play goal on the Wong major penalty taking a cross ice feed and snapping a shot past the stick of Brock Hamm for a 2-0 Silverbacks lead.

By this point the Silverbacks had opened up a 10-0 advantage in shots.

The Express didn't register their first shot until the 8 mark of the first period against former teammate Reid Cooper. The Silverbacks goaltender faced his former mates for the first time since he was traded by the Express to Salmon Arm in November in exchange for future considerations. Since that trade Cooper has secured himself a commitment to Robert Morris University.

Haydn Delorme - Photo courtesy of Damon James
The early 2-0 lead gave Salmon Arm a boost that allowed them to play a quick game when the play returned to 5 on 5.

Grayson Constable wired a slap shot from the right wing for a 3-0 Silverbacks lead at 12:43.

The fortunes for the Express didn't change much in the second period. Riley Hayles beat Brock Hamm with a slap shot that pinged in off the goal post for a 4-0 lead at 7:03. That goal chased Brock Hamm after 4 goals on 19 shots.

Clay Stevenson was welcomed to the game by the first shot he faced finding the back of the net. Hudson Schandor snapped a shot from the boards for his 9th of the season.

The Express needed a Miracle on Manchester type comeback entering the 3rd period. The Express were only able to complete 40% of the comeback.

They got a pair of power play goals to cut the lead down to 5-2. Jordan Schulting buried a rebound for his 7th of the season at 7:44. Then Eric Linell rounded out the scoring re-directing a Troy Robillard point shot for his 28th of the season at 12:00.

The Express finished with 28 shots sent towards their former teammate Reid Cooper who posted his 7th win in 13 games with the Silverbacks.

This weekend the Express visit Prince George for a pair of games Friday and Saturday.