Saturday, January 18, 2014


Two home and home series with the Chilliwack Chiefs this season, and a pair of sweeps for the Express in those home and home series.

They completed their second sweep of the season with a 6-3 win in Chilliwack Saturday night.

Canon and Bo Pieper each scored a pair of goals. Canon also added a pair of assists for a four point night.

The Pieper brothers got their night started with Canon finding a trailing Zach Hodder whose shot bounced to Bo who scored on the rebound to open the scoring at 6:56.

Pierce Dushenko got the start between the pipes for the Express while Josh Halpenny got the call for a second straight night.

Both goaltenders had moments to shine in the first period. He finished with 36 saves for his 6th victory of the season. Halpenny had key stops on Bo Pieper, Cody Boyd and Joey Santucci in the first period.

Dushenko's best save of the first period came off a Mason Boh breakaway.

That save turned out to be a key turning point as a minute later the Express struck again as Cameron Marks' screen shot got past Halpenny for a 2-0 Express lead on the 3rd goal of the season for Marks.

Chilliwack caught a break to get on the board in the second period. The puck was thrown to the crease area from behind the net. It hit the stick of Dushenko and Kyle Westerlingh poked it home to cut the Express lead to one.

The lead was quickly back to two as Jace Hennig scored for a 4th straight game and 5th time in his last 6 on the power play on a set up by Canon Pieper.

The game was cruising along in the third period when suddenly Ben Butcher snapped a shot over the glove of Dushenko to cut the lead to 3-2 at 5:47.

Butcher's goal gave his team some life in a game that appeared to be in auto pilot up until that point of the third period.

Bo Pieper momentarily halted the momentum Chilliwack was generating when he scored his second of the night midway through the third to give the Express their third two goal lead of the night at 4-2.

The plucky Chiefs wouldn't go down without a fight as Mathieu Tibbet scored for a second straight night on the power play setting up a tense finish with less than 4 minutes remaining.

Then Adam Rockwood was called for hooking with 2:17 remaining giving the Chiefs an opportunity on the power play to complete the come back.

But those plans were extinguished when Canon Pieper broke away from the Chilliwack defense and scored the 15th shorthanded goal for the Express. Canon then added his 6th shorthanded goal of the season into an empty net and the 16th for the Express this season. Canon is now one shorthanded goal away from tying Kyle Turris' franchise record for most shorthanded goals in a season that he set in 2005-06.

The Express will look to extended their winning streak to four when they host Trail Sunday afternoon.

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