Thursday, December 4, 2014


The Express posted their second consecutive win by knocking off the Surrey Eagles by a 5-3 score Wednesday night.

The win was the fourth straight win for the Express over their mainland division foes.

Coming off a 13 point weekend in Prince George, the top line of Corey Mackin, Brett Supinski and Brendan Lamont were at it again Wednesday.

That trio teamed up for the games opening goal as Lamont dropped it for Mackin who found Supinski going to the net and he tapped the feed into the net for his first of two on the night get the Express rolling.

With the difficult season Surrey has had, they certainly deserve credit for their ability to battle. They gave the Express a solid test right to the very end tonight.

Latrell Charleson evened the score at one as he took a pass from Joe Drapluk and a shot was wired over the shoulder of Chris Tai.

The end of the first period had a wild finish to it. Corey Mackin scored his 5th shorthanded goal of the season to give the Express a 2-1 lead at 19:39. That goal was the BCHL scoring leader's 100th career point in the BCHL. But just as quickly as the Express took the lead Surrey tied it on Joe Drapluk's powerplay goal 10 seconds later to see the score even at two after 20 minutes.

Drapluk was Surrey's most dangerous player Wednesday. He capped off a two goal and one assist performance by scoring his second of the night three minutes into the second period on a two on one down low in the Express zone.

Brett Supinski pulled the Express even five minutes later as he beat Daniel Davidson with a wrist shot over the blocker on the powerplay at 8:36.

Chris Tai turned aside 28 of 31 Surrey shots for his 8th win of the season. His best save came at a key time late in the second period as he came to his right to deny a Darius Davidson one timer. That save proved to be key as the middle period came to an end.

Moments later Owen Stout showed good poise and patience carrying the puck in the Surrey zone and finding Jackson Cressey who showed good poise and patience of his own to out wait Daniel Davidson to slide home his 7th of the season to give the Express a 4-3 lead going to the third period. The line of Stout, Cressey and Daniell Lange really got a boost following that goal creating good energy and chances for the Express in the final period.

It was the secondary scoring that carried the Express over the top and get the win after the big guns had done their thing.

Michael Merulla gave the Express some insurance by scoring his first BCHL goal with just over 6 minutes remaining. Merulla is starting to find his offensive touch in the BCHL with his first goal after picking up three helpers last weekend in Prince George.

The win for the Express handed Surrey their 16th consecutive loss. The Express return to action Sunday afternoon when they host the Merritt Centennials.

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