Sunday, October 9, 2011


You can make it three straight wins and 4 in the last 5 games for the Express as they topped the Powell River Kings 4-3.

The Express for the second straight game limited the shots of the opposition early and came out of the first period with the lead on Brady Shaw's powerplay goal to finish off a nice passing play.

The Express limited the Kings to just three shots in the first period.

Mitch Nardi contiuned his strong play as he added to the Express lead early in the second period finishing off a 2 on 1 break with Brady Shaw. Nardi has 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points in his last 3 games.

Following Nardi's goal Kings Head Coach Kent Lewis tried to wake his team up by calling his time out. He was hoping for a bounce back performance from his team after they suffered their first loss of the season the night before in Langley.

Teagan Waugh was awarded a penalty shot midway through the second period after he was hooked on a partial breakaway by Jason Bird. On the free pass, Khaleed Devji made a fine save as Waugh deked to Devji's right who kicked out his right pad to keep the Kings off the board.

The game plan was all going accoring to plan for the Express right up until the final seconds of the middle frame when they had a brain cramp while on the powerplay. The Express coughed up the puck deep in their own zone and Daniel Schuler made the Express pay by sneaking a shot just under Khaleed Devji for a shorthanded goal with just 8 seconds remaining in the period.

Schuler struck again early in the third period as he wired a wrist shot from the slot beating Devji to the stick side to pull Kings even.

Captain Alex Petan scored the goal of the night to give the Express the lead again as he danced down the right wing around a King defender then wired a perfect shot over the glove of Jason Phillips.

Brady Shaw capped off a three point game by adding his second of the game on the powerplay just 1:11 after Petan's goal to put the Express back up by 2.

The lead was down to one again on the second best goal of the game when Evan Richardson wired a rocket of a wrist shot past Khaleed Devji with just over 10 minuntes to go.

The Kings pressed for the equalizer but couldn't get it. They even had a powerplay with just over 2 minutes to go with Ben Murphy taking a offensive zone penalty. By killing off the Murphy penalty to seal the win, it capped off a perfect night for the Express penalty killers who shut down all 8 King man advantages.

Devji was busy in the third period facing 16 shots. He finished with 27 saves.

The win for the Express was their first over the Kings since January 23, 2009. A span of 14 games that saw the Express go 0-11-0-3 in that time.

The two teams will meet for the second time in a week in Coquitlam Friday night.

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