What a game played between the Coquitlam Express and Langley Chiefs. Truly one of the most entertaining games you will ever see in the BCHL. What made it even better is the Express got the best of their top rival by a score of 4-2.
It was a game that was truly one of where it was unfortanate that one team had to lose.
Goaltenders Khaleed Devji for the Express and Wyatt Galley were outstanding. Both had their moments to shine with spectacular saves throughout the course of the game.
The game was scoreless until midway through the second period when Massimo Lamacchia took a feed from Jason Grecica in the corner and beat a sprawled out Wyatt Galley.
Langley quickly tied it just 1:44 later at 11:45 when Brendon Scholten chopped the puck between the legs of Devji.
Coquitlam looked to extended their lead before the period was done but Wyatt Galley made a fine save off Garrick Perry.
Khaleed Devji matched that save as he came to his right and made a fine right pad save.
The Chiefs took the lead for the first time on a 3rd period powerplay goal when Brad McBride jammed the puck at the net and after some discussion with referee Bryan Bourdon determined the puck was in.
Coquitlam pressed looking for the equalizer. Massimo Lamacchia had 3 great chances on the powerplay but was robbed by the Chiefs netminder.
Lamacchia however did get his revenge mid way through the third period when his slap shot from the circle was tipped over the shoulder of Galley to tie the game at 2.
Then 28 seconds later Alex Petan corralled a loose puck in the slot and wired home his 7th of the season and first goal in 8 games to give the Express the a 3-2 lead at 12:04. The goal for Petan capped a strong performance as he used his wheels effectively and was a strong energy performer all night.
Mike Krgovich then iced the game with an empty net goal for his first Express goal and second point in as many nights.
The win extended Coquitlam's winning streak to a pair of games.
Riley Mcintosh deserves recogntion for his strong performance. He blocked numerous shots. He wasn't alone in that department. Steve Axford, Garrick Perry will have ice packs on tonight after blocking a number Langley blasts.
The Express have a day of rest before playing host to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs Sunday afternoon.