Friday, October 31, 2014


1st star Corey Mackin had his 2nd hat-trick of the season vs. Langley plus 2 assists. Photo Courtesy of Damon James.
The seesaw got a work out Friday as the Express and Rivermen went back and forth all night with the Express prevailing 7-5 for their 4th win of the season. Click here for boxscore

The top line of Corey Mackin, Brent Supinski and Brendan Lamont paced the Express attack combining for 12 points with Mackin leading the way with his second hat-trick of the season vs. Langley and 5 points.

The seesaw was tested less than 4 minutes into the game with Marcus Vela opening the scoring at 3:15. But 35 seconds later it was tied at one on Mackin's first of the night.

Chris Tai posted his first Express victory by turning aside 42 of 47 Langley shots sent his way. His best work came in the first period when 21 pucks were sent his direction.

Kevan Killistoff re-stored Langley's power play beating Tai with a wrist shot at 16;16. 

The final two periods really saw the teams test the durability of the proverbial seesaw tonight.
The opening minute of the second period saw the Express tie the game on Brett Supinski's first of two on the night.

40 seconds later Langley took their second lead of Colton Kehler's first goal as a member of the Rivermen.

Brett Supinski scored the prettiest goal of the night with his second of the evening. The puck found Mackin in the slot who quickly chopped it over to Supinski who danced past a Langley defender then cut to the goal and put it past the outstretched leg of Langley goaltender Darren Martin.

Late in the second period the Express took their first lead on Cody Boyd's first goal of the season. He poked home the loose puck in the crease after Colton Kerfoot dropped the puck back for Jackson Cressey who wired a shot off the cross bar from the slot.

The third period saw the teams really see what the seesaw was made of with 5 goals.

Langley tied it at 4 on their second power play goal of the night off the stick of Matthew Graham. 2:12 later the Express went ahead again on Daniel Fritz's 5th of the season when he wired a shot home off the cross bar.

That was followed 24 seconds later on Kevan Killistoff's second of the night to even things again at 5.
1:45 after Killistoff's goal the Express went ahead again as Supinski and Mackin with a few quick passes to set up Corey Mackin for his second of the game.

The Express could finally exhale with over a minute remaining in the third period when Corey Mackin completed his hat-trick by hitting the empty net after stealing the puck at the Rivermen blue line.

Mackin's line mates saw Brett Supinski score two goals and an assist. Brendan Lamont was in a giving mood with 4 helpers.

The teams will have a re-match Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre.


Here's the highlights of Prince George's 3-2 win over the Express Wednesday.

Highlights courtesy of Jorge Parra and Underdog Productions.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Prince George opened up a 3-0 Click here for box score second period lead and wound up holding on for a 3-2 win over the Express Wednesday night.

Colton Kerfoot scored both goals for the Express in the losing cause.

The first period saw Prince George jump on the Express testing Chris Tai with the first 8 shots of the game. Jake Lebrun broke the ice when he snapped home a pass from Jeremiah Luedtke at the bottom of the right circle. Click here for box score

Prince George expanded their lead on the second period when Justin Rai beat Chris Tai with a wrist shot to the stick side from the left wing. Five minutes later Chad Staley gave the Spruce Kings a 3-0 lead converting a great back pass from behind the net by Luedtke.

Looking for a spark it came from rookie Colton Kerfoot. He struck for a pair of goals in the final six minutes of the second period to cut the lead down to one heading to the third period. Kerfoot's first goal came off the deflection of a Cole Bevan point shot. His second saw him alone at the side of the net where he snapped home a pass from Brett Supinski.

Three Express penalties cut into the time the Express could have used to attempt a comeback in the third period. The Express penalty killers did a good job to kill off the penalties to keep the Express only down a goal.

The final shots saw Prince George outshoot the Express 32-21. Spruce Kings goaltender Jesse Jenks just needed to be steady in the Spruce Kings crease en route to posting the win. Chris Tai also looked solid in his first Express start with 29 saves.

Both teams take on Langley next with Prince George visiting the LEC Thursday and the Rivermen coming to Coquitlam for the first of a home and home Friday.

Monday, October 27, 2014


 As we learned over the weekend Colton Kerfoot has committed to Harvard University for the fall of 2016. Below is the official release from the Express.

The Coquitlam Express of the BCHL are proud to announce that Express Forward Colton Kerfoot has committed to the Harvard Crimson Hockey Team for 2016.

Kerfoot who joined the Express in their playoff run last season, after his season with the Vancouver Giants major midget team,  has started this year with a solid start posting 4 goals and 3 assists in 15 games.

Kerfoot says he is excited for the opportunity for the academics that Harvard offers and a chance to play NCAA division one hockey.

Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff,  we are extremely excited and Proud of Colton.

To attend Harvard is a huge achievement for any one, Harvard is getting  is a hard working, skilled first class hockey player.

Colton will play with older brother Alexander during his senior season. Alexander is also is an Express alum playing two seasons with the Express from 2011 to 2013. Alexander was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 5th round in 2012.

Saturday, October 25, 2014


The Langley Rivermen put five goals on the board in the first period on Brayden Krogfoss en route to a 6-1 win over the Express.

The goals came early and often in the first period for Langley. Evan Anderson got things started by scoring on the first shot of the game with a wrister from the left circle that beat Krogfoss over the glove at 1:29.

Rookie Justin Szeto scored his second of the season for a 2-0 Langley lead letting a shot fly from the slot at 6:14.

Poor defensive breakdowns and Langley players being left to their lonesome was a consistent theme of the first period.

27 seconds after Szeto's goal Kevan Killistoff found himself all alone in the circle and took a pass out from behind the net and snapped it through the legs of Krogfoss.

Killistoff added his second of the period at 17:42 on the power play as a quick pass from the slot to the goal line to Ben Butcher who slid it to the Langley captain who had a tap in from the goal crease for a 4-0 Langley lead.

I'm sure frustrated by the start to the period for Brayden Krogfoss had an impact on the 5th Langley goal as Zac Masson scored from well out on a wrist shot for a 5-0 lead with just over a minute remaining.

Newcomer Chris Tai wasn't expected to play for the Express this weekend but he was thrust into action for the start of the second period following the 5 goal on 11 shot first period for the Rivermen.
There wasn't much to report from the final 40 minutes of the game that had much of an impact on the final score.

Tai was solid in his 40 minutes of action turning aside 20 of the 21 shots sent his way. The only goal to beat him was a slap shot by newly re-acquired Charlie Pelnik who pinched in from the point and hammered the puck home for a 6-0 lead on the only goal of the second period.

Brett Supinski broke Bo Didur's shutout bid in the third period with a a power play goal.
Other than that, it was a pretty routine night for the Langley net minder who wasn't overly tested turning aside 32 of 33 shots for his fourth win of the season.

Up next for the Express is a Wednesday night home game vs. Prince George.


Forward Colton Kerfoot has committed to Harvard University for the fall of 2016.
He will join his older brother Alexander who will be a senior at the prestigious Ivy League school when the younger Kerfoot begins his college career.
So far in his first full season in the BCHL Colton has 4 goals and 3 assists for 7 points in 15 games.
Congratulations Colton.


It was far and away their most complete and dominant game of the season in a season to date that hasn't had too many.

The Express picked up their third win of the season winning 5-2 in Surrey Friday night.

It started right from the drop of the puck and pretty much carried through most of the night. The Express were fast, forcing turnovers and making Surrey play with their heads on a swivel.

Great forechecking pressure resulted in Eagle turnovers deep in their own zone which quickly turned into Express scoring chances.

Corey Mackin scored twice for the Express with both goals coming in the first period. His first goal coming at 7:34 after some quick passes and a tap in past Christian Short.

Mackin's second of the night came at 15:20 as he banged home the rebound of Daniel Fritz point shot.

In a period that saw nearly everything go right for the Express including outshooting Surrey 18-2 in the period, the only downside was losing Jackson Cressey in the period after he was high sticked which didn't result in a power play. Cressey didn't return to the game.

The second period was much like the first, all Express.

Jivan Sidhu scored his first Express goal on a point shot that deflected off a Surrey player past Chrisitian Short for a 3-0 lead at 5:34.

Brett Supinski scored his 11th of the season from the slot for a 4 goal Express advantage at 13:59.

It was at that point you began to wonder if a second puck was needed on the ice for the Eagles to play with because the Express owned the one that was in play. The shots at one point were 34-4 in favor of the Express. And keep in mind this game was played in Surrey so it was the Eagles game day staff that was keeping track of shots on goal.

Brayden Krogfoss... Oh yes him. He was an after thought for most of the first 35 minutes of the game. He finally started to get a little work for the Express late in the second period.

Darius Davidson got Surrey on the board with the man advantage scoring from the side of the net past a sprawled out Krogfoss who had no chance on the play.

Then in the final minute of the second period Joe Drapluk sprinted into the Express zone and beat Krogfoss to make it a 4-2 game heading into the final twenty.

The goal gave Surrey a little life going into the third period but they were never really able to build on it.

Joey Santucci capped off a 50-16 shot advantage on the night for the Express by scoring an empty net goal in the final minute to put the game to bed.

The Express travel to the Langley Events Saturday for the second meeting of the season with the Langley Rivermen.


Newly acquired Chris Tai backed up Krogfoss Friday.

The Express have also added (96) Defenceman Cole Bevan who has 19 games WHL experience mostly with Swift Current and Saskatoon. He made his Express debut Friday. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Here's the highlights of Friday's 5-3 Chilliwack win over the Express.

Highlights courtesy of Jorge Parra and Underdog Productions.


Christopher Tai battles Fort McMurray during last year's AJHL playoffs.
It's no surprise with the start the Express have had that changes were coming to a team with a record of 2-9-0-2 riding a six game losing streak and having allowed the most goals of any team in the BCHL with 62 in the process.

The first change came with the addition of Jivan Sidhu earlier this season. Then a few more have come with the addition of 20 year old defenceman Dustin Cave from Sherwood Park (AJHL) for future considerations over the weekend. That move giving the Express their first blue liner that has the year (94) on his birth certificate.

Now the Express have acquired goaltender Christopher Tai (95) from the Lloydminster Bobcats of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations.

The soon to be 19 year old Delta native has split time with the WHL and AJHL. He has a 5-6 record in the WHL with Medicine Hat, Brandon and Lethbridge and posted a 4.54 GAA and .867 save percentage. Most recently his WHL rights belonged to Kelowna.

Last season in Lloydminster he posted a 4-3 record in 7 games with a 2.24 GAA and .911 save percentage with one shutout. He had a nice run in the playoffs last year positing a 6-4 mark in 10 games with a 2.29 GAA and .919 save percentage with 2 shutouts.

If you want to see some of Christopher Tai's work last year Click here to be taken to the Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) Youtube page and look for game highlights between Fort McMurray and Lloydminster in last years playoffs.

Welcome to the Express Christopher.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Chase McMurphy's deflection goal in overtime handed the Express a heart breaking 4-3 set back to the Surrey Eagles. In a game the Express played well enough to win they still ended up being on the wrong side of the final score and the team has now lost six straight contests picking up just one point in those six games with the loss in the extra session Sunday.

This weekend the Express saw themselves fall behind in the first period in each of their three games. Darius Davidson put the Express in an early hole just over two minutes when he beat Pierce Dushenko with a wrist shot from the right wing that beat him past the blocker.

Late in the opening frame the Express got a lift from killing off a 5 on 3 Eagles power play that lasted 1:25. Dushenko came up with one of his best saves of the season to keep the Express down a goal as he reached back and swatted a puck away that was headed for the net.

Then in the final minute the Express evened things up on the fourth goal of the season by Daniel Fritz who scored on a wrist shot that rang off the post and in past Eagles goaltender Christian Short.

Ben Vikich put Surrey in the lead for the second time at 7:39 when he found a loose puck at the side of the net and slid it home. The middle period however did belong to the Express. They set the tempo and were the better team on the ice. They were rewarded for their play at 19:59 of the period when Daniell Lange scored at the start of power play by going straight forward on the draw surprising everybody in the building including yours truly. The goal was Lange's first of the season.

The visitors took their lone lead of the game less than four minutes into the third period as Jivan Sidhu fired a great pass up to Corey Mackin to spring a 2 on 1 where Mackin slid it across to Brett Supinski who scored his 10th of the season for a 3-2 Express lead.

The lead only lasted 2:17 when Joe Drapluk was able to jam a puck under the pad of Dushenko. So it was off to overtime for the second time for the Express this season.

The game was decided at 3:16 of the first OT after Surrey won a draw in the Express zone and Brian Drapluk's shot hit Chase McMurphy and trickled home. The loss was a pretty devastating one for the Express to take considering how hard they played. Can't help but feel for Pierce Dushenko who saw his record fall to 0-7 on the season. The deeply dejected look he had on the ice following the game was understandable considering he played well enough to get his first win of the season. His teammates understood as well how hard he took the loss and made sure to console him on the ice following another loss.

On special teams the Express finished 1 for 4 to improve their BCHL's best power play mark. The penalty killing had it's second perfect night in the last three outings killing off all six Surrey advantages.

The win saw Surrey improve to three points clear of the Express for fourth place in the Mainland division standings. Both sides will go at it again Friday night again in the South Surrey Arena.


Craig Puffer's hat-trick led the charge for the Chilliwack Chiefs who improved to 5-0 on home ice this season with a 6-3 win over the Express to extend their losing streak to 5 games Saturday night.

Chilliwack started quickly by scoring three times in the first period. Liam Ferguson got things rolling re-directing home a pass from Tanner Campbell just over three minutes into the game.

Shortly thereafter came some controversy. After the puck appeared to hit the netting in the corner in the Chilliwack end of the rink, the play resumed for about a minute, then off the rush Puffer scored his first of the night putting home a juicy rebound from the slot after a shot by Tipper Higgins.

Puffer would get his second of the night at 16:04 when he had plenty of time on a two on one to pick his spot and beat Brayden Krogfoss with a wrist shot stick side.

Corey Mackin would get one back for the Express in the final minute of the first period from the slot on the power play set up by Brett Supinski and Joey Santucci.

Saturday saw the Express penalty killing have another tough night allowing a pair of goals in the second period. The first one completed Craig Puffer's hat-trick with a backhand from the slot midway through the second period.

The line of Jackson Cressey, Colton Kerfoot and Nic Rasovic may have been the Express best line at least at 5 on 5. They had a number of decent shifts in the Chilliwack zone. They were involved in the second goal for the Express as Kerfoot set up Cressey for his second goal in as many nights.

Chilliwack's second power play goal of the game came off the stick of Jake Hand who beat Krogfoss with a wrister from the right circle top corner.

Saturday's game was the 5th time this season the Express had given up multiple power play goals and 7th time they've allowed 5 or more goals in a game.

The teams traded goals in the third period on a deflection by Kurt Black for Chilliwack and Joey Santucci scoring his second of the season on the power play for the Express.

The Express will look to snap their streak Sunday afternoon in Surrey.


Saturday the Express acquired twenty year old defenceman Dustin Cave from the Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) in exchange for future considerations.

Cave gives the Express their first 20 year old on the blue line with plenty of junior A experience. He has 208 career games in the BCHL with West Kelowna, Salmon Arm, Sherwood Park and the Calgary Mustangs.

The Tappen BC native has 4 goals and 25 career assists combined in the BCHL and AJHL.

"We needed to add a veteran presence to our line up. Dustin brings a strong work ethic, leadership and will help settle down our defense core. He's a first class individual and we are excited to have him."  - Express Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff.

He met his teammates for the first time late Saturday in Chilliwack post game after driving all day from Sherwood park. He will make his Express debut Sunday afternoon in Surrey. 

Friday, October 17, 2014


The Chilliwack Chiefs picked up their 8th win in their first 10 games by scoring twice in the third period to knock off the Express 5-3 Friday night extending their losing streak to four games.

Jordan Kawaguchi got Chilliwack off on the right foot at 11:43 as he was able to find a loose puck in the crease and poke it in the discarded goal.

If there's been one bright spot on an Express season that hasn't had too many it's been their power play. It struck with just under three minutes remaining in the first period as Jackson Cressey scored his first of the season beating Mitchell Datz from the slot.

The second period started with a bang. First Colton Kerfoot scored on the rebound of a Jackson Cressey shot 59 seconds into the second period for what would turn out to be the lone Express lead of the night at 2-1. Cressey and Kerfoot each finished with a goal and an assist.

But as quickly the Express took the lead, Chilliwack took it right back. 51 seconds after Kerfoot's goal Jake Larson on a breakaway tied the game beating Pierce Dushenko with a wrist shot over the glove. Then as soon as the Express fished the puck out their net they were doing it again 8 seconds later as Craig Puffer scored also beating Dushenko with a wrist shot over the glove.

Again the Express saving grace their power play would even things up as Brett Supinski scored from the slot at 11:47 with his fourth power play goal of the season to even things up at 3. The special teams battle favored the Express Friday as they went 2 for 6 on the power play while killing off all 4 Chilliwack power plays including back to back penalties late in the second period to preserve the 3-3 tie heading to the third period.

Coquitlam had a strong push to open the third period looking to take the lead for a second time but it wasn't meant to be.

Against the flow of play somewhat Craig Puffer scored his second of the night come off the boards and beating Dushenko with a backhand from the slot for a 4-3 Chilliwack lead. Then Jake Larson scored his second of the night with just over 6 minutes remaining scoring on a deflected shot that fluttered into the net to essentially seal the game.

The effort level from the Express can't be faulted in this game. It was a fairly even contest. Chilliwack did finish with a 34-31 edge in shots.

The teams will meet again Saturday night for the second game of the weekend home and home in Chilliwack.

Monday, October 6, 2014


Highlights of the 5-4 Rivermen win over the Express Friday.

Here's the highlights from Sunday's come from behind win vs. Nanaimo.

Highlights courtesy of Jorge Parra and Underdog Productions.

Sunday, October 5, 2014


Third period goals by Nic Rasovic and the second and third goals of the afternoon by Brett Supinski lead a enormous rally for a 4-3 win over Nanaimo for just the second victory of the season for the Express. Click here for boxscore

There aren't many times when just the second victory of the season can be an emotional one, but that certainly can be said for the Express on this occasion.

Nanaimo entered the game riding a four game winning streak and took their first two games of their Mainland road swing with wins over Surrey and Langley. They got off on the right foot on a goal by Nicolas Carrier scoring on a deflection that slid through the legs of Brayden Krogfross.

In each of the previous two outings for the Express the opposition would get an extended 5 on 3 power play and would score on it to eventually come away victorious. Sunday it was the Express' turn for a extended 1st period 5 on 3. Brett Supinski scored his first of the game on the advantage to even the score for the Express at 17:31 of the first period.

As the Express continue their work to try and improve and turn the ship in the right direction there were positive signs throughout the course of Sunday's game. They consistently were able to establish a cycle in the offensive zone that hasn't been a element of the Express game earlier this season. That is part of the reason why the Express finished the first period with 18 shots on goal.

Jake Wozney playing in his first BCHL game gave Nanaimo a 2-1 lead in the second period banging home the rebound following a won face-off in the Express end of the rink.

San Jose Sharks draft pick Jacob Jackson gave Nanaimo a 3-1 lead when his shot beat Krogfross over the glove from the left wing.

In order for the Express to get back in the win column it was about finding ways to do the little things well incrementally over the course of the game. That included improvement in the discipline department and penalty killing. They certainly ticked that box off on Sunday.

The biggest penalty kill of the game came midway through the third period with Nic Rasovic in the box for elbowing. That capped off a a perfect 3 for 3 game for the Express while a man down. In order to have a strong night while a man down you need a big save from your goaltender. Brayden Krogfross came up with his biggest making a save on Jackson from the slot to keep the Express down just a pair. Krogfoss finished with 36 saves to pick up his second win.

Following the conclusion of the Rasovic penalty he picked up a Jivan Sidhu clearing attempt coming out of the box and scored his first of the season on the backhand.

That goal gave the Express the boost they needed for their big finish. They re-established their cycle and began to press for the equalizer. It came with just over two minutes remaining in the third period as Supinski found himself with the puck on his stick and eye to eye with Guillime Decelles and the Union committed forward scored top shelf for his second of the game.

Then in the final minute Brendan Lamont like a bull in a china shop diligently worked the puck in the Clipper zone deep and eventually got the puck to the net leading to a scramble and Supinski capped off his first BCHL hat-trick to give the Express their lone lead of the night with just 32 seconds to play.

The Express battled hard for the full 60 minutes and were rewarded for their effort. They finished with a season high 43 shots on goal.

Next weekend the Express will hit the road for it's first real road trip of the season with visits on the way to Alberni Valley, Cowichan Valley and Powell River.


Former Express (06-08) captain Brad Hunt has done nothing but impress the Edmonton Oiler brass during training camp. So much so Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins has had a really tough time to keep his very high praise a little subdued and subtle.

Sunday after the Oilers final cuts following their game Saturday night in Vancouver Hunt learned he will be starting the season in Edmonton.

His ability to work the power play has been one of the main areas that has caught the attention of Dallas Eakins.

Hunt made his NHL debut last season playing three games last season in Edmonton in January. He spent the majority of the season last year with the Oilers AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City where he had a fantastic season. He was 5th among AHL defenceman with 50 points while finding the back of the net 11 times. He was recognized at the end of the season by being named a second team all star.

Edmonton will open their season Thursday at home to Calgary.

Here's his post game comments Saturday in Vancouver courtesy of Oilers TV.

Here's Oilers Coach Dallas Eakins pre-game thoughts Saturday with a very in-depth breakdown of Hunt's play to date starting at the 1:46 mark of the video.

Friday, October 3, 2014


Corey Mackin's first BCHL hat-trick wasn't enough for the Express as they fell 5-4 to the Langley Rivermen Friday night. Click here for box score

The Express remain with just one win of the season with a record of 1-4-0-1 through the first six games of the season.

As the team tries to improve as the season goes along the lessons learned along the way are pretty tough.

Things started well for Mackin and the Express with Mackin scoring his first of the night after he picked off a pass in the neutral zone and scored on his own rebound beating Bo Didur.

Three minutes later however Langley pulled even on William Campion's point shot that changed directions and find it's way past Pierce Dushenko.

It was another strong night for the Express powerplay striking twice on eight advantages. The first goal coming off the stick of Corey Mackin who snapped home Joey Santucci's cross ice feed for his second of the night.

But for as good as the powerplay has been for the Express, the penalty killing has been as equally if not even more not good enough.

For the second straight game the opposition got an extended 5 on 3 advantage, and for the second straight game the Express would find themselves fishing the puck out of their net as the game turns in favour of the opposition.

Gage Torrell and Matthew Graham scored 36 seconds apart to give Langley a 3-2 lead going to the second period.

The Express have now given up a BCHL high 12 powerplay goals on 32 shorthanded situations and their penalty killing sits dead last at 62.5%. They've given up at least one powerplay goal in each of their five losses and multiple powerplay goals in four of the six lossses to start the season.

Corey Mackin completed his first BCHL hat-trick 13 minutes into the second period snapping home a wrist shot from the slot that was tipped past Didur.

Newcomer Jivan Sidhu acquired earlier in the day from the Nipawin Hawks of the SJHL made his Express debut for the Express Friday. He was on the wrong end of a turnover of the puck coming out of his own zone that allowed Kevan Killistoff to score at 3:46 to give Langley a 4-3 lead.

41 seconds later Langley struck again as Gage Torrel scored his second of the night re-directing Jacob Zeleznikar's point shot past Pierce Dushenko. Langley finished the night with 42 shots. It was the third time this season an Express netminder had faced 40 plus shots.

Cameron Bertsch gave the Express hope when he converted as pass from Nic Rasovic for his first BCHL regular season goal with 7:18 to play.

That led to some momentum and some of the best scoring chances for the Express on the night. More specifically Brett Supinski. His first best chance when he put his own rebound off the post with Didur beat. Then his second came on a late Express powerplay with Supinski set up in front but Didur fired up his glove for his best of 28 saves on the night.

The Express will get their next crack at their second win of the season Sunday afternoon vs. Nanaimo.

Thursday, October 2, 2014