Friday, December 9, 2011


In the third game of four in a row head to head meetings with the Surrey Eagles, the Express got the upper hand winning their second game on home ice Friday night 4-1.

The home team got off to a good start by rolling all 4 lines, and forcing the Eagles into numerous turnovers in their own zone and generating some decent scoring chances.

The only reason the Express weren't able to open the scoring was the play of Surrey goaltender Andrew Hunt who was very sharp.

Against the flow of play the Eagles opened the scoring on the powerplay as the Morley brothers help set up Alex Hagen snapping home a feed from the slot.

The Express finally got one past Hunt late in the first period as John Siemer from deep in the Surrey zone fired a centering pass and it bounced off a defenceman and went in.

It didn't take long for the Express to take their first lead in the second period. Alex Petan forced Surrey into a turnover and showed great patience as he outwaited Hunt then slid the puck to Malcom Mckinney who buried it with ease just 42 seconds into the second.

Another turnover in the Eagles zone led to the third Express goal as Clinton Atkinson kept the puck in the Surrey zone, came down the right wing, his shot was stopped but Dante Godhino buried the rebound.

Godhino then put the game away in the third period on the powerplay as he re-directed a Zach Hodder point shot to give the Express a 4-1 lead.

The Express were in control pretty much all game long. They finished the game by outshooting the Eagles 38-25. Cole Huggins was steady in the crease finishing with 24 saves picking up his 7th win of the season.

This 4 game series between the Express and Eagles concludes Saturday night in Surrey. It will also wrap up the season series with the Eagles.

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