Friday, October 7, 2011


Alex Petan's first BCHL hat-trick led the Express attack as they took care of the Langley Rivermen 6-3.

The win was their second straight and evened their record at 3-3.

Coquitlam set the tone for the game early with their speed and puck movement and never took their foot off the gas pedal.

Despite the good start it was Langley who opened the scoring on the powerplay as Mario Puskarich showed some skilled hands re-directing a point shot in tight over the shoulder of Khaleed Devji.

The goaltender at the other end Jim Kruger was writing a pretty good story of his own in the first period. He made spectacular saves off Mitch Nardi and Evan Campbell. The save off Nardi was a great glove grab where Nardi thought he had a tap in. The one off Campbell saw Kruger out wait the Express forward Evan Campbell and kick out the right pad on the deke attempt.

Finally the Express broke through as Alex Petan snapped home a feed from Alex Kerfoot tying the game at 1 with just 1:05 remaining in the period. The Express dominance saw them have a 15-6 shot advatage after the first period.

They kept up the pressure in the second period and Brady Shaw gave the Express their first lead on a goal mouth scramble.

Despite the heavy shot advantage for the Express, Langley pulled even when Thomas Nitsche's point shot beat a screened Devji on the powerplay.

Alex Petan scored his second of the night finishing off a great three way passing play on the power play to give the Express their second lead at 3-2.

Again the lead didn't last, just 1:19 after Petan's second, Darnell Dyck set up Tyler Hanzlik in the slot who snapped it past Khaleed Devji.

Coquitlam just brushed off another tying goal from Langley and kept on dominating.

Josh Finkelstien started a quick rush with a great stretch pass to Brady Shaw who dropped it for Petan who made no mistake snapping it home for his first BCHL hat-trick to give the Express a well deserved 4-3 lead going to the third period. The Express outshot Langley 18-5 in the second period. And were outshooting them 33-11 through two periods.

Click here to listen to Alex Petan's 3 goals tonight.

Langley captain Ryan Bakken didn't do his team any favours in the third when he cross checked rookie Alex Kerfoot hard to the ice. Bakken was given a 5 minute major and a game misconduct.

Coquitlam took full advantage of the opportunity to put the game away as Malcom Mckinney and Coda Engbar scored on the powerplay to give the Express insurance.

The Express finished the game doubling the Rivermen in shots by a 42-21 count. Both the shots for and against were a season best for the Express.

The powerplay had another good night as the Express went 3 for 6. Langley was 2 for 5.

On a side note the Express have released goaltender Billy McGladrey and have brought in Cole Huggins who played last season with the Langley Chiefs.

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