|Taylor Green takes part in pre-game veterans night ceremony - Photo courtesy of Damon James|
This time the result was 4-3 in favour of the Express. Click here for boxscore
Many of the same contributors for the Express in their win Wednesday at Langley also chipped in Friday night.
|Leone taps in OT winner - Photo courtesy of Damon James|
That goal gave the Express some momentum which led to at least three good scoring chances only to be turned away by Matthew Galajda who kept the Express lead at just one.
Former Express Dante Hahn had a hand in pulling the Grizzlies even late in the first period when he made a pass out from behind the Express net to find Brayden Gelsinger who slid a shot under Howat to tie the game at one after the first period.
|McIlMurray had two assists - Photo courtesy of Damon James|
1:27 later the Express added to their lead with Jack Surowiec scoring for a second straight game ripping home a wrist shot from the slot. Linemates Kerfoot and Austin McIlmurray picked up the helpers. McIlMurray finished with two assists.
Like the first period, Victoria struck late in the second period. The puck came free to Nick Guiney and from the circle he beat Howat with a shot top shelf.
|Eric Udahl throws a hit - Photo courtesy of Damon James|
Then the goaltenders took over to send the game to overtime. Howat shut the door as the Grizzlies had an edge in play after pulling even.
At the other end Galajda shut the Express down when tested with 13 third period shots sent his way.
So for the second straight meeting between the teams it went past 60 minutes. Charlie Barrow was the overtime hero for the Express in Victoria on October 1st.
Nothing was settled in the first overtime of 5 minutes 4 on 4.
The most important lesson for all players in 3 on 3 is puck management.
The Express capitalized on a Grizzlies mistake to set up the winner. A Victoria defenceman swept the puck around behind his own net but didn't have a partner back to support him. Luca Leone got on his horse and raced the puck to set up Kerfoot alone in front of the Victoria net, Kerfoot was patient and waited for Leone to go to the net and Kerfoot set up Leone for a tap in to give the Express the 4-3 victory. The loss snapped Victoria's winning streak at 5 games.
|Tyger Howat made 34 saves - Photo courtesy of Damon James|
It was also a pretty clean game with only one power play in the game going to Victoria in the second period.
Tyger Howat finished with 34 saves for his 5th win of the season.
The two wins for the Express will go a long way to help prepare for a big test next week for a pair of games with Penticton and a visit from Wenatchee. Friday the Vees extended their winning streak to 21 straight games with a win in West Kelowna.