Saturday, March 31, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
It concludes a very strong 2011-12 season for the Express.
Powell River opened the scoring for the 5th time in this series when Evan Richardson found Chris Williams back door and he put the puck into the crease area and it bounced into the net.
As has been a trend in the final 4 games of the series, the lead from scoring first didn't last. Just 1:21 later the Express pulled even when Malcom McKinney found Alex Petan in front and the feed bounced off the captain and past Sean Maguire.
It was one of the closer first periods between the two clubs which saw the shots even at 10 apiece after 20 minutes.
Game 6 would turn out to be a breakout game for Evan Richardson in game 6 for the Kings. He scored his first goal of the series early in the second as he cut into the slot and fired a shot over the glove of Cole Huggins.
Kings goaltender Sean Maguire was looking to have a bounce back performance after being pulled in game 5.
He proved to be very tough to beat on this night for the Kings. One of his best saves came late in the second period when he kicked out his left leg to quickly deny Cody Michelle in close.
The Express entered the third period down a goal and needing one to try and save their season. They generated numerous quality scoring chances in the opening minutes of the period, but Maguire kept up his strong play for Powell River.
Evan Richardson picked up his third point of the game setting up Teal Burns who scored on the powerplay for his third point of the game as well to put the Kings up 3-1.
The Express got one last chance late in the third to cut into the Kings lead with a powerplay. But a turnover in the Express zone turned into an empty net goal by Daniel Schuler to seal the game and series for the Kings.
Sean Maguire finished the game with 31 saves. The Kings now have a few days off and will have to wait until Saturday night to learn who their opponent in the Coastal Conference final will be after the Cowichan Valley Capitals forced a game 7 with a 5-4 overtime win over the Surrey Eagles in game 6.
For the Express it brings to a close a very successful season. There are lots of positives to remember from this now past season. They set numerous new marks for most wins and points in the regular season. The young core that coach Jon Calvano has put together will come back for next season only 1 year older and 1 year better.
The work on laying the foundation for next season is already underway and we will learn over the course of the next few months about how the 12-13 Express will look when the recruiting process gets into full gear.
This is also an understandable emotional time. Especially for 20 year olds Clinton Atkinson, Nicholas Wong who played their final games of their junior careers tonight. This game also marks the end of the road for Captain Alex Petan who has a year of eligibility left, but will head to Michigan Tech on a scholarship next season.
Injured 20 year old defenceman Rajan Sidhu also saw his junior career to come a close as he watched from the sidelines.
It's never easy for any team when a teams season comes to an end, but September will roll around again and all the fun will get going one more time. The future for the Express is bright and they're on the right path in their efforts to bring a Fred Page Cup championship to Coquitlam.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Click here to listen to the Express goals from Game 4
Monday, March 19, 2012
The Express now trail the best of 7 2-1.
Justin Georgeson was overtime hero scoring at 2:35 of the first OT.
Click to listen to the Express goals from Game 3.
The Express made a number of lineup changes entering the game.
The most notable was between the pipes where Khaleed Devji got the start in place of Cole Huggins who lost both games in Powell River.
The other change saw the Express call up Adam Rockwood to give the Express a little more skill.
Powell River started strong in the first period firing 17 shots Devji's way. The only goal to beat him was off a rebound from a point shot and Tanner Cochrane slid it home following a won faceoff in the Express zone.
Sean Maguire wasn't that busy in the first. His best save came off Alex Kerfoot as he cut to the net from the left wing but Kerfoot's World Junior A Challenge teammate got the best of him.
The Kings went to the second period with the lead for the third straight game in this series.
The Express began to pick up their game in the second period.
They pulled even on the power play midway through the frame as Clinton Atkinson's shot from the left point found the back of the net past a screened Maguire.
Cody Michelle didn't draw an assist on the play, but he played a key role in the goal setting up the screen in front of the Kings net. Following the goal, Michelle was levelled to the ice and the Kings Brendan Smith was sent to the box giving the Express their second consecutive powerplay.
They couldn't convert on that advantage however.
Maguire certainly was busier in the second period than he was in the first. He made a number of other notable saves to keep the game tied.
Entering the third period, the Express still hadn't played one second with the lead in this series in the first 8 periods so far.
That finally changed for the Express 7 minutes into the third period. Alex Kerfoot coming down the right wing used the Kings defender as a screen and fired a shot top corner far side over the shoulder of Maguire to put the Express up 2-1.
Now it was up to the Express to try and protect this lead for the final 13 minutes of the game. Goaltender Khaleed Devji stepped up with a very strong performance in the Express crease. His best save came in the third period when he fired out his left leg to make a clutch save following a Kings bid in tight.
J.P. Villeneuve finally pulled the Kings even as he was able to swipe home a loose puck in front of the net past Devji to tie the game at 2 with just 3:17 remaining in the third period.
Now with the game and possibly the series hanging in the balance, everything became that much more magnified in the final minutes of the third period.
The Express were given a chance late in the third period to try and post their first win of the series. Teal Burns was called for charging in the final minute of the frame after he took a run at Alex Kerfoot in the corner in the Kings zone after the puck had left the vicinity.
The Express couldn't score with the advantage in the final minute of the third period. Then in overtime the Express had a number of great chances to end it. Cody Michelle's saucer pass was too high for Alex Kerfoot to handle, Zach Hodder fanned on a one timer attempt, and Kerfoot fired a wrist shot high over the net glove side on Maguire.
Powell River survived the Express powerplay, but the game ended moments later. Justin Georgeson and Alex Petan broke in on a two on one. Georgeson tried to feed the puck over to Petan, but the pass was blocked and came back to Georgeson who slid in the open side to give the Express the 3-2 win at 2:25 of overtime.
With a number of key forwards out of the lineup for the Express, they had others step up and make notable contributions. Mitchell Fyffe helped out in the faceoff circle at times skating along side Alex Petan and Malcom Mckinney. Cody Michelle was most notable being a screen in front of the net on the powerplay.
And of course Khaleed Devji was very strong in the Express crease turning aside 40 of the 42 shots sent his way.
The Express will look to pull even in the series when game 4 goes Tuesday night in Coquitlam.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The Chicago Wolves have signed former Express Captain Brad Hunt. The Maple Ridge native played with the Express for parts of 3 seasons from 2006-08. In 123 games with the Express he scored 20 goals and 73 assists for 93 points.
HUNT led Bemidji State University with 21 assists and ranked third on the team with 26 points in 38 games during his senior campaign this year. The 23-year-old defenseman dished out two helpers in his final collegiate game as the Beavers fell to North Dakota 4-3 on March 10.
The Ridge Meadows, British Columbia, native amassed 24 goals, 88 assists and 112 points while appearing in all 150 games during his college career with Bemidji State from 2008-12.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The BCHL today announced members of the first and second all star teams, plus an all rookie team.
Monday, March 12, 2012
EXPRESS VS. KINGS BY THE NUMBERS
Alex Petan - 33G, 50A, 88PTS
Brady Shaw – 33G, 36A, 69PTS
Alex Kerfoot – 25G, 44A, 69PTS
John Siemer – 28G, 31A, 59PTS
Clinton Atkinson – 9G, 50A, 59PTS
Cohen Adair – 32G, 26A, 58PTS
Evan Richardson – 19G, 36A, 55PTS
Craig Dalrymple – 20G, 29A, 49PTS
Teagan Waugh – 22G, 23A, 45PTS
Matt Scarth – 20G, 18A, 38PTS
Cole Huggins - 21-6-2 2.99 GAA, .918 Sv. % 2 SO
Khaleed Devji – 16-13-1 3.48 GAA, .897 Sv.%
Sean Maguire – 17-12-1 2.33 GAA .913 Sv. % 3 SO
Jonah Imoo – 7-0 0.94 GAA, .950 Sv. % 3SO
Special Teams Statistics
COQ PP – 27.54% - 2nd in BCHL
PR PK – 82.01% - 3rd in BCHL
PR PP – 18.86% - 10th in BCHL
COQ PK – 81.65% - 4th in BCHL
Head to Head Records
Coquiltam - 6-1-1-0, 13PTS
Powell River – 1-6-1, 3PTS
Oct. 9 @ CQ 4-3 W
Oct. 14 @ CQ 4-4 T
Nov. 18 @ PR 5-3 W
Dec. 29 @ CQ 2-1 W
Jan. 7 @ CQ 4-1 W
Feb. 2 @ PR 3-1 L
Feb. 11 @ PR 3-2 W
Feb. 12 @ PR 3-1 W
Oct. 9 @ CQ 4-3 L
Oct. 14 @ CQ 4-4 T
Nov. 18 @ PR 5-3 L
Dec. 29 @ CQ 2-1 L
Jan. 7 @ CQ 4-1 L
Feb. 2 @ PR 3-1 W
Feb. 11 @ PR 3-2 L
Feb. 12 @ PR 3-1 L
Head to Head Special Teams Statistics
COQ PP vs. PR – 13/35 – 37.14%
PR PK vs. CQ – 22/35 – 62.85%
PR PP vs. COQ – 3/37 – 8.11%
COQ PK vs. PR – 34/37 – 91.89%
INDIVIDUAL HEAD TO HEAD STATISTICS
Express scoring vs. Kings
Kings scoring vs. Express
Alex Kerfoot – 6G, 4A, 10PTS
Alex Petan – 5G, 5A, 10PTS
Clinton Atkinson – 0G, 10A, 10PTS
Brady Shaw – 4G, 3A, 7PTS
Mitch Nardi – 4G, 3A, 7PTS
Taylor Bourne – 2G, 1A, 3PTS
John Siemer – 1G, 2A, 3PTS
Malcom Mckinney – 0G, 2A, 2PTS
Justin Georgeson – 0G, 2A, 2PTS
Cody Michelle – 2G, 0A, 2PTS
Steven Schmidt – 3G, 4A, 7PTS
Cohen Adair – 2G, 4A, 6PTS
Evan Richardson – 2G, 4A, 6PTS
Daniel Schuler – 2G, 1A, 3PTS
Matt Scarth – 1G, 2A, 3PTS
Craig Dalrymple – 2G, 1A, 3PTS
Teegan Waugh – 1G, 1A, 2PTS
Jon Jutzi – 1G, 1A, 2PTS
Teal Burns – 1G, 1A, 2PTS
Chris Williams – 0G, 2A, 2PTS
Cole Huggins 3-1 2.06 GAA .937 Sv. %
Sean Maguire 1-5-1 3.48 GAA .870 Sv. %
Khaleed Devji 3-0-1 1.84 GAA .949 Sv. %
Jonah Imoo Did not play vs. Express this season
Captain Alex Petan is the Coastal Conference MVP. The third year forward had a break out season leading all Coastal Conference scorers with 38 goals and 50 assists for 88 points. He was 9 points clear of the 2nd highest scorer in the Coastal Confernce Cowichan Valley's Devin Gannon. Overall Petan finished 5th in BCHL scoring.
Petan becomes the third player in Express history to win the Coastal Conference MVP award joining Kyle Turris and Carlo Finucci who won it in back to back years in 2007 and 2008.
Rookie Alex Kerfoot won 2 BCHL awards. The Coastal Conference Rookie of the year and Most Sportsmanlike player. This season Kerfoot scored 25 goals and 44 assists for 69 points in 51 games. The 17 year old forward was tied with teammate Brady Shaw as the top scoring first year forward in the BCHL. The next highest scoring first year forward in the BCHL was Surrey's Alex Hagen who finished with 43 points, 26 points behind the West Vancouver native. And Kerfoot was only penalized for 24 minutes this season.
Kerfoot becomes the 4th player in Express history to win the Rookie of the year award joining Brett Hemingway 2002, Kyle Turris 2006 and Destry Straight 2011. Plus he is just the second player to win the Most Sportsmanlike player award joining Brock Bradford who won it in 2004.
Here's the full press release from the BCHL:
The British Columbia Hockey League is pleased to announce its award winners for the 2011-12 season. The winners were chosen after a survey of BCHL coaches and executives.
Vern Dye Memorial Trophy – Most Valuable Player
Interior Conference: Paul De Jersey, Prince George Spruce Kings
Coastal Conference: Alex Petan, Coquitlam Express
Bruce Allison Memorial Trophy – Rookie of the Year
Interior Conference: Mario Lucia, Penticton Vees
Coastal Conference: Alex Kerfoot, Coquitlam Express
Best Defenceman Award
Interior Conference: Mike Reilly, Penticton Vees
Coastal Conference: Craig Dalrymple, Powell River Kings
Bob Fenton Trophy – Most Sportsmanlike Player
Interior Conference: Regan Soquila, Merritt Centennials
Coastal Conference: Alex Kerfoot, Coquitlam Express
Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy – Coach of the Year
Interior Conference: Fred Harbinson, Penticton Vees
Coastal Conference: Matt Erhart, Surrey Eagles
Brett Hull Trophy – BCHL Top Scorer
Paul De Jersey, Prince George Spruce Kings (41 goals, 57 assists for 98 points)
Goaltending Award (Lowest goals-against average of goalies with 1,000 minutes played)
Michael Garteig, Penticton Vees (1.93 GAA, 2,578 minutes played)
Wally Forslund Award – Top Goaltending Tandem (best combined goals-against average)
Sean Maguire and Jonah Imoo, Powell River Kings (2.05 GAA)
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Numerous team and individual records were broken by the 11-12 edition of the Express.
Here's a look at the new marks that were set this season.
First and foremost, the Express set new marks for most wins (36), points (77) and fewest losses in a season (19). The previous marks for wins was (34), fewest losses (20) and points (74) were set in the 05-06 season. The year the Express won the Royal Bank Cup. The Express also had 34 wins the following season in 06-07.
A new record was also set for road wins this season with 17. That's 34 post game honks of the horn from the team bus as they departed the rink. The old record was 14 road wins set in the 07-08 and 05-06 seasons.
When it comes to individual marks, we'll begin with the most important position.
Despite not starting the season with the Express, goaltender Cole Huggins put his name into the Express record book a few times. He's the first goaltender in Express history to finish the season with a goals against average under 3 at 2.99. Bryce Luker previously set the goals against average record with a 3.03 mark in 05-06.
Huggins also set a new record for save percentage in a season with a .918 mark. Mark Dekanich held the old save percentage record by turning aside .910% of the shots sent his way in 03-04. (Minimum requirement for goaltending records is 10 games played)
Defenceman Clinton Atkinson set new benchmarks for defencemen this season. He set new standards for points (59) and assists (50) by a blueliner in a season. Brad Hunt who captained the 07-08 team held the team record for points with 55 in 07-08. Hunt also shared the assists record in a season with Alan Mazur. They both had 39 helpers in the 07-08 and 04-05 seasons.
Rookie Alex Kerfoot had 44 assists this season. That breaks the mark that was set a year ago by Destry Straight who had 41 assists in his only season in Express colors.
As a compliment to the overall team depth this season for the Express. They had 5 20 goal scorers, (Petan 38, Shaw 33, Siemer 28, Kerfoot 25, McKinney 21). That ties the mark for most 20 goal scorers in a season which was originally set in the 03-04 season.
There were a few other achievements that came close to setting new marks for the Express this season.
The 245 goals the Express scored this season is the 3rd highest total in franchise history. The 260 goals scored by the 06-07 season is the franchise record. The 03-04 team scored the 2nd most goals in a season with 254. And by giving up 13 goals in their final 2 games of the season, it cost the Express a chance at setting a new mark for fewest goals allowed in a season. This season the Express gave up 204 goals. The 06-07 team is the only one to not give up more than 200 goals in a season allowing 198. The 05-06 season saw the Express allow 202 goals.
Captain Alex Petan scored 38 goals this season. That is the 5th highest total in a season by an Express player.
Brady Shaw's 15 powerplay goals is the 5th most overall by an Express player. It's also the 2nd most in a season by a rookie. Brett Hemingway set the Express rookie powerplay goal record in the teams first season in the BCHL in 01-02 with 21.
Alex Kerfoot's 69 points is tied for 3rd most in a season by a rookie. He now shares that mark with Nashville Predators forward Brandon Yip who put up his numbers in the 03-04 season.
Zach Hodder's 12 goals this season is the 2nd most in a season by a defenceman. Brad Hunt holds the record with 16 set in 07-08.
Cole Huggins' 21 wins is the 4th most in a season. The record is 29 set by Kevin Jebson in 07-08.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Coquitlam Express right winger Alex Petan has been named BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Mar. 4, the league announced on Monday.
Petan led the Express to back-to-back wins over the Langley Rivermen and a 3-2 victory over the Nanaimo Clippers. The Delta native started the week hot, posting a hat-trick in his first game against the Rivermen, a goal and two assists in the second, and finished with a goal versus the Clippers.
The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder leads the Express in points and has moved to sixth in the BCHL with 37 goals and 48 assists on the season.
Honourable mentions this week go to Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Brett Knowles (three goals, two 1st Stars), Surrey Eagles defenseman Steve Koshey (two goals, four assists), Penticton Vees forward Travis St. Denis (three goals two assists, one 1st Star, one 2nd Star), Penticton Vees defenceman Mike Reilly (two goals, two assists, one 2nd Star) and Chilliwack Chiefs forward Malcolm Gould (four goals, one 1st Star, one 3rd Star).
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
The club earned at least the 4th and final Coastal conference spot by posting their 33rd win of the season.
It wasn't the easiest of contests vs. a Langley team that played a close checking affair all night long and made the home team work for everything that they got.
The Express jumped on Langley hard in the opening minutes of the game and opening a size able early advantage in shots. Goaltender James Barr was strong turning aside every Express bid sent his way.
Ben Greiner opened the scoring against the flow of play sliding a sharp angle shot through the legs of Cole Huggins on just the second shot of the game for Langley.
Now with the lead, Langley really slowed the game down. They sat back in their neutral zone trap and made life difficult for the Express coming out of their own end. It certainly didn't do anything for the entertainment value of this game.
Late in the opening frame Chris Tracy extended the Langley lead cutting into the slot and firing a shot over the shoulder of Huggins. The goal came just seconds after a Rivermen powerplay had expired.
A powerplay goal by Darnell Dyck gave Langley a 3-0 lead 5 minutes into the second period. That goal ended Cole Huggins night after 3 goals on 11 shots.
A three goal deficit for most teams facing a club like Langley trying to slow it down and stifle the offensive attack of most teams might be too much to overcome. But it's not too much for this years edition of the Express.
They finally got the boost they were looking for as they began mounting their comeback as Alex Kerfoot teed up a slapshot for Clinton Atkinson to give the Express a shorthanded goal.
There's no doubt that goal turned the fortunes of this game back in favour of the Express.
Riding the momentum of the shorthanded marker, the Express pressed hard looking to get back into the game. Just 3;16 after Atkinson's tally, Zach Hodder made a nice drop pass to Alex Petan who quickly fired it past Barr and the lead was cut down to one.
The Express kept applying the pressure until the end of the second period looking for the equalizer.
That goal didn't come until the Express got just their second powerplay of the game early in the third. Brady Shaw tried a centering pass which was blocked but the puck came right back to Shaw who easily put it in the net for his 14th powerplay goal of the season to tie the game at 3.
But just 30 seconds later Langley went ahead again. Alex Petan whiffed on a pass on a 4 on 2 rush allowing Austin Plevy and Darnell Dyck to break out 2 on 1 the other way. Plevy put a perfect pass on the tape of Dyck who roofed it over a sprawled out Khaleed Devji.
Again the Express mustered the energy to mount a comeback. Malcom McKinney made a great behind the back pass to Petan who one timed it home to pull the Express even at 4 with his second of the game.
McKinney finished the game with a pair of helpers. It was hard not to notice him on this night. Aside from his slick play making, McKinney was also making his presence felt physically on this night. He delivered at least three solid hits. One of those hits knocked rookie defenceman Bo Pellah out of the game in the second period.
The clock ticked down to the final minutes of the third period still tied at 4. Alex Petan finally broke the deadlock with 1:43 to go. He fired a shot from the middle of the ice wide of the Langley goal, but was able to gather his own rebound and finish off his second hat-trick of the season to give the Express their first lead of the game.
It was also the second hat-trick for the Express captain vs. Langley this season.
What makes this win impressive for the Express is how they never allowed themselves to get frustrated with Langley's tight checking style and maintain their composure which allowed them to come back and win. If there's anything that can be learned from what we've seen from the Express during this 5 game homestand that is now complete, it's that the Express are never out of a game. They've had a few games where they've came from behind.
Even though they played a number of teams that tried their best to try and shutdown the Express explosive attack, they never lost focus and found ways to work for the full 60 minutes and find a way to win.
This home stand has proven that the Express are never out of a game. And they will battle a team hard all game long.
The Express and Rivermen will go at it again for the second of a home and home Saturday night in Langley.