Wednesday, December 8, 2010


The powerplays were plentiful, as were the goals that came with the opportunities and that included the game winning goal as the Eagles defeated the Express 5-4 in overtime at the South Surrey Arena Wednesday night.

The teams combined for 17 powerplays and 6 of the 9 goals came on the powerplay.

Coquitlam got off to a good start as they scored a pair of powerplay goals in the first period by Massimo Lamacchia and Jason Grecica to give the Express a 2-0 lead.

The Eagles were then given 3 straight powerplays and that included a 5 on 3 for 1:40. Surrey didn't score on that opportunity.

But Riley Sweeney did score on the Eagles next advantage a few minutes later as his point shot got past a screened Khaleed Devji.

The second period saw Coquitlam called for 4 of the 5 penalties assessed in the second period, but the only goal of the period came at even strength as Robert Lindores banged in a loose puck at the side of the Express net to tie the game at 2.

Surrey began the third period with you guessed it, a powerplay. And they capitalized on it as Richard Vanderhoek scored from the slot just 31 seconds into the third period to give the Eagles their first lead.

3:02 later the Eagles gave themselves a 2 goal cushion when the Express turned the puck over at the Eagle blueline and Micheal Stenerson came in on a 2 on 1 and kept the puck and wired a perfect shot over the glove of Khaleed Devji.

Malcom Mckinney cut the lead back down to one midway through the third as he beat Eagles goaltender Karel St. Lauraent to the puck and Mckinney swept it home at 9:11.

The Express were then given back to back powerplays and they scored on the second to tie it up at 4 as Riley Mcintosh pinched in from the point and scored on a feed from behind the net from Mike Krgovich.

So for the second straight meeting between the two clubs in a week the Express battled back from a two goal third period deficit to send the game to overtime.

It didn't take long for the first powerplay of overtime to be handed out when Garrick Perry was called for hooking on Steve Koshey beside the Eagle net at 27 seconds of overtime.

Seconds later the Eagles won it with their powerplay as Riley Sweeney scored his second of the night taking a feed at the left circle and blasting it past Khaleed Devji. It was the second overtime win in a week for the Eagles over the Express.

The loss sent the Express to another overtime loss. They are still searching for their first overtime win this season with a overtime record that now stands at 0-7-1.

With the point for the overtime loss combined with Vernon's 5-2 win over Cowichan Valley, the Express have a 2 point lead on the Caps for the 7th and final playoff spot.

Wednesday's game was the final road game for the Express in 2010. They will now begin a 6 game home stand Friday night vs. Langley.

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