Saturday, November 26, 2011


The Express scored three power play goals and took advantage of a frustrated Langley Rivermen squad to take the second of a weekend home and home 6-3 at the Langley Events Centre.

24 hours earlier the Express fell behind early and got caught up in Langley's 1-3-1 trap.

Giving up the first goal last night allowed Langley to quickly settle into their defensive set up. The Express fortunes were better on this night as Cody Michelle followed up his two goal performance Friday by opening the scoring Saturday.

The lead only lasted 16 seconds as former Express Evan Campbell tied it up poking a puck that snuck through Khaleed Devji's pads.

The game last night tested the resolve of the Express when Langley wanted to stir things up. On this night the Express made Langley pay for any shenanigans by striking on the powerplay.

Brady Shaw put the Express back in the lead as he scored on the powerplay with Jim Kruger sprawling in his crease.

Malcom Mckinney blasted the second powerplay goal of the period for the Express from the left boards to open up a 3-1 lead. The goal was helped by a deft screen by Cody Michelle.

The lead prevented Langley from going into complete lock down mode like they did Friday.

Zac Holstrom showed great determination to set up the 4th Express goal in the second period. He came out of the penalty box and muscled off a Langley defender then fired a great backhand pass to Alex Petan who put it in the gaping net.

Chris Tracy got one back for Langley scoring in the final minute.

Stephen Ryan played as an AP Saturday. He was the was the recipient of a great break out pass by Michelle and Ryan roofed it short side from the left wing.

As it became more and more apparent that the Express would come out of this one victorious, Langley started to lose their composure and tried to take some liberties on the Express.

It just resulted in more powerplays and Brady Shaw scored his second of the game and the third powerplay goal for the Express to put them up 6-2.

Much like Friday, Langley was willing to stir things up after the whistle. This time around the Express did a better job of keeping their emotions in check.

There were a number of times when Express players were slashed away from the play or were shoved to the ice in front of their net.

Aiden Cavallini scored his first BCHL goal to round out the scoring.

Khaleed Devji made 28 saves to pick up the win. The Express have now won 6 straight games on the road.

The win combined with Nanaimo losing in Alberni Valley pulled the Express within two points of 4th place. Plus the Express surpassed Victoria who fell 1-0 to Cowichan Valley.

These two teams will meet for a third straight time again Friday in Langley.

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