Sunday, October 11, 2009


Saturday the Burnaby Express were blanked 4-0 by the Victoria Grizzlies. Former Express Richie Virtanen got the shutout in his first game vs. his old team stopping all 26 shots he faced.

Brandon Fagerhiem and Dustin Mowrey scored first period goals for Victoria. That was followed by 2nd period goals from Sam Grist and Gregory Simpson.

Harrison May was pulled in place of Nick Enegren for the third period. Enegren stopped all 5 shots he faced in the third period.

The road trip wrapped up Sunday afternoon in Powell River. It was the second meeting of the season between the Express and Powell River with the Kings winning the first meeting September 19th in overtime.

Powell River opened the scoring on a double minor powerplay with Reid Campbell's point shot going off a skate past Nick Enegren.

The Kings took that lead into the 2nd period. Burnaby again responded with another strong middle frame taking a 3-1 lead.

First, Brad Reid scored on a 2 on 1 with Jon Puskar to even the score. The Express then took the lead on the powerplay when David Dotan playing in his third game with the Express scored with a wrist shot from the left point.

Dotan's goal was his first in junior. He didn't score a goal in his 46 career games with Prince Albert of the WHL.

Then Reid added his 2nd of the game in the final minute of the 2nd period with the Express on another powerplay. Puskar again set up Reid with a cross ice pass and Reid made no mistake.

Burnaby took their two goal lead to the third period and the Express appeared to be in good shape to snap their losing streak.

Powell River pulled within one when Andrew Pettitt scored from the left wing just 3:12 into the third period.

Then Powell River tied the game up with Darcy Huisman fired a great pass from the Kings goal line right on the tape of Chad Niddery at the Express blueline. Niddery made no mistake on the breakaway beating Enegren upstairs.

Then the Kings took the lead on a powerplay with Jordan Grant's wrist shot from the right circle beating Enegren to the stick side to give Powell River the lead with 3:20 left in the third period.

The Express weren't able to pull even and the Kings picked up the win in comeback fashion 4-3.

Burnaby has lost their last 6 games all on the road. They have only picked up one point during their current slump. That coming last Saturday when they lost 5-4 in Trail in overtime.

The Express will look to get back in the win column Wednesday night when Trail makes their only visit to the Bill Copeland Sports Centre.

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