The Coquitlam Express have their first winning streak of the season after taking both games of a home and home with the Langley Rivermen. The Express followed up their 7-5 win Friday with a great road performance winning 4-2 at the Langley Events Centre Saturday. Click here for boxscore
The visitors had to weather a bit of an early storm as Langley opened up a 5-0 advantage in shots but couldn't beat Chris Tai who earned his second Express win.
Saturday the Express did something they haven't done a lot of this season and that is score first. Jivan Sidhu on the power play scored his second of the season as he pinched in from the point and snapped home Cody Boyd's backdoor pass for a 1-0 Express lead.
That was followed up 2:30 later on Corey Mackin's now BCHL leading 16th goal of the season for a 2-0 Express lead. Those goals gave the Express plenty of jump that carried them through the majority of the game.
Bo Didur took the loss for Langley, but he was a big reason why this game wasn't more lopsided in the Express favor all night long. His best save came off Corey Mackin as he was set up by Brendan Lamont but Didur came to his left for a fantastic save.
In the second the Express added to their lead early as Brett Supinski showed some pretty slick mitts to dangle to the Langley net and slide home his 15th goal of the season at 1:43. Didur's fine work showed up again in the second period with a number of big stops of Jackson Cressey on two occasions in the second period and a Corey Mackin shorthanded breakaway.
Gage Torrell got Langley on the board with some slick hands of his own as he knocked down Jacob Kearley's point shot and was able to slide the puck into an open net past Chris Tai.
Matthew Graham suddenly cut the Express lead down to one midway through the third period as his wrist shot from the right wing handcuffed Chris Tai and the shot went off Tai's glove and in for a 3-2 game. But that would be the lone blemish for Tai Saturday. He didn't have to be a story in this game as his team played so well in front of him. Tai only needed to turn aside 22 of 24 shots for his second Express win. In a season with so many games where goaltending has been an issue. It's certainly nice for the Express where their play in front of their goaltender puts the work between the pipes on the back burner.
Jackson Cressey may have played his best game in the BCHL Saturday. He had two grade A scoring chances in the game but couldn't convert. He also had a hand in a few others. He was finally rewarded for his play in the final minute of the game as Joey Santucci set him up for an empty net goal to ice the win for the Express.
The Express will look to extend their winning streak to 3 games when they host their expansion cousins the Salmon Arm Siverbacks Wednesday night.