Friday, September 14, 2012


The Coquitlam Express improved to 3-0 on the young season with a 3-2 win over the Langley Rivermen at the home opener at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre.

Brady Shaw picked up his 2nd game winning goal of the season in the third period to put the Express in the lead for good.

Alexander Kerfoot made his season debut for the Express. And it didn't take long for the Harvard committed and New Jersey Devil draft pick to hit the score sheet as he and Zach Pryzbek teamed up to set up John Siemer for a powerplay goal to open the scoring for the Express at 5:10.

Less than a minute later the Rivermen pulled even as 16 year old Victor Dombrovsky was the first player to put a puck past Cole Huggins this season to tie the game at 1 just 54 seconds after Siemer's goal. Huggins had turned aside the first 80 shots sent his way to open the season after posting back to back shutouts last weekend vs. Victoria and Cowichan Valley.

The Express had good energy in the first period. And most of the time saw the Express on the powerplay as the Rivermen took 5 minor penalties in the opening 20 minutes.

Late in the period Langley was called for back to back Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalties giving the Express a 5 on 3 advantage for more than 90 seconds. Malcom McKinney made Langley pay for the undisciplined play as he re-directed a pass through the legs of Darren Hogg to give the Express a 2-1 lead.

Hogg saw 20 Express shots sent his way in the first period alone. He was the main reason that the game remained close all game long. He was tough to beat throughout the course of the night as the Express sent plenty of rubber his way especially in the first two periods. He turned aside 33 of 35 shots he faced through 2 periods.

A number of his saves came off the numerous 2 on 1 breaks the Express were creating off of Langley turnovers.

Langley did pull even in the second period on a nice shot from the right wing by Trevor Cope as he snapped a shot low to the stick side past Cole Huggins.

In the final 40 minutes the powerplays began to even up. Langley had a 5 on 3 of their own in the third period for over a minute but couldn't take their first lead of the game. The Express penalty killing has been a bright spot begin the season. They killed off all 6 Langley powerplays and is a perfect 16 for 16 in the first 3 games to open the season.

Brady Shaw broke the deadlock 5 minutes into the third period as he converted a pass from behind the net from Kerfoot to put the Express up for good.

Siemer & Shaw (1G, 1A), Kerfoot (2A) each had 2 point nights for the Express.

Langley had one last chance in the dying seconds as Tyler Vanscourt had a chance from the left circle, but Huggins stared him down and kept it out to preserve the Express victory.

The Express are back in action looking to improve to 4-0 when they host the Alberni Valley Bulldogs next Friday. 

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