Sunday, October 14, 2018


A strong 1st and 3rd period was enough for the Express to post their 3rd straight win by a 5-2 score over the Nanaimo Clippers Sunday afternoon. Click here for boxscore

The win came without the services of Josh Wildauer and captain Troy Robillard. But the Express had Clay Stevenson play his first game since the home opener vs. Salmon Arm.

Right from the drop of the puck the Express went to work on the attack rolling their lines and pushing the pace in the Clippers zone.

Chase Danol broke through for the Express firing a shot from a very sharp angle that found it's way over the shoulder of Clippers goaltender Jordan Naylor who was down attempting to take away the bottom part of the ice.

Clay Stevenson was tested for rust 7 minutes into the game and showed no signs of it coming to his left for his best save of the night to deny Nicholas Wilson with his left pad.

The Express came out of the first period with only the 1-0 lead, and a 14-6 advantage in shots reflected their strong play that at times Nanaimo had trouble to keep up with.

The tide turned in the second period and it was a little challenging for the Express to find a similar rhythm.

A rebound chance for Ethan Scardina appeared to have been cleared off the goal line by Drew Cooper, that was followed by a lengthy sequence of play and the Clippers argued the puck crossed the goal line. Then after some discussion by the officials on the next whistle Scardina was credited with the goal that tied the game at 1.

Dallas Farrell restored the Express lead just over two minutes later taking a pass from Regan Kimens and ripping a shot over the shoulder of Naylor.

To Nanaimo's credit they were pesky in the second period and evened the game in the final minute of the second period on a powerplay goal from Gunnar Wegleitner to make it 2-2 after 40 minutes.

The Express emerged for the 3rd period as a re-focused group and started skating again and their play resembled what they did so well in the first period.

The play was interrupted by a surprising fight early in the frame when Dallas Farrell and Devon Mussio decided to tangle just 1:42 in. It was the first game back in Coquitlam for the former Express Mussio who played two seasons with the team.

Once the game settled back in the Express pulled away. Jordan Schulting jump into the play from the right wing and slid home his first goal of the season.

That was followed just under two minutes later by a goal from Connor Gregga from the slot.

Jason Fortier was forced to tweak some of his forward lines in the third period due to various circumstances including the ejection of Farrell for his fight. But the various line combos that hit the ice continued to execute the system as the game wound down.

Christian Sanda put the finishing touches on the Express third straight win with a late powerplay goal.

The shots finished 38-25 in favour of the Express.

They remain two points back of the Chilliwack Chiefs for first place in the Mainland division after they rallied in the third period for a 3-2 win over Vernon.

Next week the Express host the Prince George Spruce Kings for a pair of games Friday and Sunday. 

Saturday, October 13, 2018


Highlights of the Express 5-1 win over Chilliwack Friday night. The win snapped a 29 game winless streak for the Express vs. the Chiefs dating back to the 2015 playoffs.

Play by play and highlights production by Eddie Gregory.


It was 30 games in the making, but finally for the first time since 2015 the Express can say they have defeated the Chilliwack Chiefs following the 5-1 win Friday night. Click here for boxscore

The win snapped a 29 game winless streak to the Chiefs for the Express who were 0-28-1-0 during that time combining regular season and playoff meetings. Friday's win was the first win vs the Chiefs since game 3 of the 2015 first round series between the Express and Chiefs.

During the last three games that saw the Express go 1-2, they were prone to slow starts and spotting teams early leads. Tonight the Express were determined to not have that happen. And they proved it right from the drop of the puck and never let up the rest of the night.

Alex DiPaolo started a fantastic night by going to the net and have a Troy Robillard shot from the point bounce right to the Express forward who buried the rebound for a 1-0 Express lead just shy of the two minute mark.

That was followed the next shift by Josh Bruce, Danny Pearson and Cooper Connell working the play in the Chiefs end of the ice and the Express had found a good early rhythm.

Former Chilliwack Chief Regan Kimens played a big role expanding the Express lead to 2-0. To begin with he delivered a heavy hit on the forecheck. Then moments later he kept a Chiefs clearing attempt in the zone and then set up Dallas Farrell at the side of the net where he tipped home the pass for a 2-0 Express lead.

At the other end Kolby Matthews made his 7th straight start in the Express net. His best save of the first period came off Kevin Wall on a Chiefs first period powerplay by coming to his left to make a fine pad save.

Nick Wildgoose came close to putting the Express up by 3 midway through the first period but couldn't jam the puck under Chiefs goaltender Mathieu Caron. But Caron's best save came on a Alex DiPaolo wraparound with the Express shorthanded.

Friday was another strong night for the Express who are back as the top penalty killing team in the BCHL. They shut down two Chiefs powerplays in the opening half of the second period. The Express finished a perfect 6 for 6 on the penalty killing unit.

8 minutes into the second period saw Ethan Bowen and Sklyer Brind'Amour team up on a give and go and Brind'Amour re-directed the return pass over the pad of Kolby Matthews to cut the Express lead to 2-1.

Minutes later Chiefs forward Harrison Blaisdell was nailed for a double minor high sticking penalty on the forecheck. On the second of those powerplays the Express found Chase Danol in the slot who snapped his 7th of the season which ties him with Alex DiPaolo for tops on the Express in goals and a 3-1 lead.

Just prior to that goal DiPaolo was robbed for a second time by a great diving glove save by Mathieu Caron.

In the third period the Express never gave Chilliwack a sniff to claw back in this game. Their strong execution of their system allowed the Express to spend the majority of the game in the Chiefs end of the ice.

In the third period Alex DiPaolo was having the puck find him and he then found himself alone in front of the Chiefs net, his chance was denied by Caron but Danny Pearson buried the rebound for insurance early in the frame.

The Express got a scare late in the game when Carter Wilkie cut hard to the net and had a collision with goaltender Kolby Matthews. On the play Wilkie was called for a 5 minute major penalty for a blow to the head. Matthews was fine on the play.

On the powerplay the game was put on ice by Regan Kimens who scored with just over a minute to play to make it a 5-1 final. The Express finished 2 for 6 on the powerplay.

32-22 were the final shots in favour of the Express who limited Chilliwack to just 4 shots in the 3rd period.

The Express return to action Sunday afternoon when they host Nanaimo.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018


Better late than never.... Here's the highlights of the Express 5-4 loss in Chilliwack Friday.

Highlights produced by Eddie Gregory.

Sunday, October 7, 2018


Highlights of the Express 4-3 win over Surrey Saturday.

Highlights produced by Eddie Gregory.


The Express needed a come from behind effort to snap their mini two game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Surrey Eagles. The win improved the Express to 3-1 vs. the Eagles this season.
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In recent games slow starts have been a consistent theme for the Express. Saturday night was no different.

Matthew McKim led an odd man rush into the Express zone and his shot was stopped by Kolby Matthews and the rebound was buried by Brandon Santa Juana. It was the third straight game the Express had allowed the games first goal.

Forward Dallas Farrell had a night that would drive a coach nuts and make him happy at the same time. He had a great chance where he cut to the net but then never was able to get a shot away.

6 minutes into the first period Holden Katzalay tipped home a pass from Santa Juana at the edge of the goal crease for a 2-0 Eagles lead. It was the second straight night that seen the Express fall behind by a pair before the game was 8 minutes old.

Then with the Express on the powerplay a Farrell cross ice pass was picked off allowing Max Mohagen to walk in on a breakaway.

As the period went on the Farrell settled into the game and worked to redeem himself. He dished the puck back to Pito Walton who blasted home his first BCHL goal for a powerplay goal and the Express had cut the deficit to 2-1 after 20 minutes.

As the second period commenced the Express slowly started to take control of the game. They were consistently generating more scoring chances.

At the other end when Kolby Matthews was needed he was in fine form. His best save of the night came in the second period sliding to his left and making a spectacular pad save for a second straight night this time off Sam Feldman.

Late in the second period following a won face-off in the Surrey zone a shot by Jordan Schulting went wide of the net and the rebound bounced to Nick Wildgoose who snapped his second Express goal in as many games just inside the goal post to even the game at 2.

The game remained tied until just shy of the 9 minute when the puck slid deep in the Express zone and Ty Westgard dropped it for Liam Ryan who roofed a backhand over the glove of Kolby Matthews for a brief 3-2 Eagles lead.

The brief lead lasted 34 seconds as Dallas Farrell, Regan Kimens and Josh Wildauer rushed into the Surrey zone and Kimens shot from the slot was stopped but Wildauer buried the rebound to tie the game at 3. Dallas Farrell finished with two assists and was named the first star.

Shortly there after with Josh Bruce in the box for the Express, Liam Ryan took his team off the powerplay with a charging penalty in the offensive zone.

Then at 4 on 4 some quick passing by the Express had Eagles goaltender Cayden Bailey having trouble keeping up with the play and Christian Sanda snapped it inside the post for the first Express lead of the night with just over 6 minutes to play.

That stood up as the winner as the Express held on for the 4-3 win. Kolby Matthews finished with 20 saves for his 5th win of the season.

Next week the Express have a pair of home games Friday and Sunday vs. Chilliwack and Nanaimo.

Saturday, October 6, 2018


An action filled game Friday night in Chilliwack saw the Chiefs hold on for a 5-4 victory over the Express.

It was the first meeting of the season between the two teams that entered the night tied in the Mainland division standings with 14 points each.

Matt Holmes opened the scoring for the Chiefs as he bust through the middle of the Express defence and snapped a shot that dribbled past Kolby Matthews.

Then as the Express first powerplay of the night came to an end, a turnover in the Chiefs zone sprung Harrison Blaisdell on a breakaway and he made no mistake snapping a shot through the pads of Kolby Matthews for 2-0 Chiefs lead.

Late in the first period the Express cut into the Chiefs lead on a powerplay goal by Alex DiPaolo as he stood in front of the net and had a Josh Wildauer shot from the slot bounce off the Express forward and in to make it a 2-1 game. It was DiPaolo's team leading 4th powerplay goal on the season.

That goal gave the Express a boost that carried into the second period and they started to take the play to the Chiefs and started playing some of the best hockey of the night.

Five minutes into the second period the Express got a scare when Brett Willits cut to the net and as Pito Walton came back on the play there was a collision with goaltender Kolby Matthews and he was down for a few minutes and backup AP goaltender Jaden Little was preparing himself to enter the game. Thankfully his services weren't required. It was a nerve racking moment for a team already without Clay Stevenson.

11 minutes into the 2nd period the Express tied the game on a beautiful shot by Connor Gregga ripping a wrist shot under the crossbar after Alex DiPaolo did a great job to keep the puck in the Chiefs zone.

Four minutes later the game quickly turned back in favour of the Chiefs. Marcus Tesink's shot got to the net and the puck eventually bounced off Juliano Santalucia and into the net to put the Chiefs back in the lead at 3-2. Jacob Slipic ended up getting credit for the goal.

Off the ensuing face-off Christian Sanda was assessed a double minor slew footing.

Skyler Brind'Amour scored on a scramble play that had Kolby Matthews spinning around in his crease trying to keep up with the puck.

Then on the second of the Chiefs powerplays Cole Donhauser roofed a shot short side on Matthews to open a 5-2 lead.

All told the Chiefs scored three goals in a span of 1:28.

In the third period tempers got a little short. First, Christian Sanda and Brody Gagno dropped the gloves in the corner. That was followed moments later with another brief fight involving Josh Bruce and Ethan Bowen. All the players were given automatic ejections.

With 8 minutes to play Nicholas Wildgoose scored his first Express goal converting a pass from Dipaolo to make it a 5-3 game. DiPaolo finished with three points on one goal and two assists.

The drama at this point wasn't done by any means. Brett Willits was called for his second goaltender interference penalty of the game and he was given an automatic game misconduct at 12:42. That was followed seconds later by a hit by Marcus Tesink on Josh Wildauer that was called for boarding giving the Express a two man advantage for 90 seconds.

Jason Fortier called his time out and like Sunday vs. Prince George Drew Cooper blasted home a one timer from the right point to make it a one goal game with over 6 minutes to play. The Express finished 2 for 8 on the powerplay.

The Express still had plenty of time on their powerplay as the play went to 5 on 4. The Chiefs fired the puck into the Express end and Matthews came out of his net losing the puck and it was played back Brett Rylance who snapped a shot and thought he beat Matthews, but the goaltender got back into his net in time to make a marvellous diving save to keep the comeback hopes alive.

The best chance for the Express to get the equalizer came off the stick of Jordan Schulting who was set up alone in front of the net but he put his shot wide of the Chiefs net.

In the dying seconds the Express got the puck to the net but were too cute trying to make the perfect play and the clock ran out as the Chiefs held on for the 5-4 win. The shots finished 33-28 in favour of Chilliwack.

The loss extended the Express winless streak in Chilliwack to 22 games (0-21-1) dating back to the start of the 2014-15 season. That also includes playoffs. The Express are winless in their last 29 regular season and playoff games vs. the Chiefs dating back to the 2015 playoffs.

The Express are in Surrey on Saturday night.