Sunday, January 25, 2015


The Express won their second straight game and their third straight home game with a 5-2 win over the Trial Smoke Eaters.

It was a similar story for the Express Sunday as it was in their win Friday over Vernon. Solid goaltending and plenty of shots for Chris Tai, a big night from the top line, and good special teams.

Thanvir Bandesha opened the scoring for the Express who took a feed out from behind the net for his first Express goal at 4:17. Daniell Lange and Brendan Gulka drew the assists on the goal.

The main story for the Express especially in the first half of the game was Chris Tai. He turned aside all 18 shots in the first period and kept it up in the second period.

He was given some additional offensive support in the second half of the second period as the top line of Brendan Lamont, Corey Mackin and Brett Supinski took care of the Express attack the rest of the way.

Brendan Lamont gave the Express a 2-0 lead when he took a pass from Supinski and ripped a shot over the glove of goaltender Brett Clark for his 19th of the season. Lamont now has a 5 game point streak with 4 goals and 5 assists for 9 points in that time.

Then the top line all had a hand in Corey Mackin scoring his 40th of the season as he was able to bang in a loose puck at the side of the Trail net assisted by Supinski and Lamont.

Brett Supinski then got in on the scoring fun by scoring his 39th of the season when his pass intended for Corey Mackin bounced in off the goaltender for a 4-0 Express lead.

The goal extended Supinski's goal streak to eight games with 13 goals and 8 assists in that time. He now has points in 19 of his last 20 outings with 22 goals and 20 assists for 42 points in that time.

Corey Mackin then capped off a big afternoon for the top line by wiring home his 2nd of the game on the power play in the third period for a 5-0 Express lead. The Express went two for 7 on the power play. On the other side of the special teams the Express had a second consecutive perfect outing on the penalty kill shutting down all 5 Trail advantages.

Mackin now has 83 points on the season. He has 4 goals and 10 assists for 14 points during a 5 game point streak. The line of Lamont, Mackin and Supinski combined for 4 goals and 4 assists for 8 points.

Chris Tai had his bid for his first shutout of the season spoiled with two Trail goals just over three minutes apart by Jake Lucchini and Jordan Passmore. Those would be the lone blemishes on a very solid night for Tai who finished with 39 saves.

Just one game for the Express next week who host Surrey on Friday night.

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