The Coquitlam Express finished the pre-season with a 4-4 record after dropping a 9-6 decision to the Penticton Vees. The squad from the South Okanagan took a pair of pre season games with the Express winning 5-3 in Coquitlam last Friday.
Alex Petan finished a strong pre season by leading the Express attack with a hat trick. Rookie Alex Kerfoot had 1 goal and an assist. For the Vees, Travis St. Denis and Mario Lucia each had 5 points.
Khaleed Devji was on the hook for all 9 goals on 32 shots.
One of the most consistent aspects of the Express game all pre season was their powerplay which scored twice Saturday.
The big story coming out of the game from an Express point of view was losing forward Cody Michelle to a broken jaw in an incident in the third period involving Logan Johnston. For Michelle, it wraps up a pair of spirited games this pre-season vs the Vees. He got into a scrap with Beau Beaulieu in the opening moments of the game in Coquitlam last Friday. Johnston was assesed a match penalty for his role in the incident with Michelle.
Just in case these out of conference clubs aren't sick of each other yet, they will do it for real when the season opens in Coquitlam Friday night. These two teams haven't had this much drama in head to head meetings since they played for the Fred Page cup in 2006 won by the Express by the way in 6 games.
Next stop the regular season. Thank goodness! This pre-season has dragged on long enough.