Sunday, November 5, 2017


The Express haven't won in Chilliwack regular season or playoffs since the season finale in their championship year of 2014.

The streak was extended to 21 tonight, but it wasn't from a lack of effort tonight as the Express fell by a 6-5 score.  Click here for boxscore

The Express matched Chilliwack stride for stride as the two teams traded blows and goals all night long.

The visitors got off to a great start, it was sparked by Josh Bruce who scored his first Express goal on a breakaway at 4:27.

2:20 later it was 2-0 Express. Eric Linell raced after a loose puck in the Chilliwack zone and put a pass right on the tape of Sam Kozlowski who snapped home his 4th goal of the season. The goal for Kozlowski was his first in 11 games. He was pointless in his last 5 games entering Saturday's contest.

As fast as the Express took the two goal lead, Chilliwack erased it.

38 seconds after the goal by Kozlowski, Adam Berg on a tip of a Bryan Allbee point shot got the Chiefs on the board. 54 seconds later Jared Turcotte with shot from the boards found a hole on Clay Stevenson to tie the game at 2.

It only took the Express 40 seconds to restore their lead. Eric Linell found himself alone in the slot with the puck on his stick. His first shot was stopped by Mathieu Caron, but he buried his own rebound for a 3-2 Express lead. Linell finished with 1 goal and 2 assists.

When everything was said and done the teams combined for 5 goals in a span of 5:32. The three Express goals chased Chilliwack goaltender Mathieu Caron after only facing 6 shots.

In the opening minutes of the second period the Express got pucks to the net only to have pucks cleared away from the goal crease by Chiefs defensemen before any Express forwards could poke home the loose pucks.

While the Express couldn't convert on puck battles in the crease, Corey Andonovski found a loose puck in front of the Express net scoring his 4th of the season to tie the game at 3.

Midway through the period the Express took their third lead of the night. Alex Amborsio's shot was stopped by Daniel Chenard and Josh Bruce buried the rebound for his second of the night. The goal snapped a power play drought for the Express which hadn't scored in their previous 10 opportunities. Enterting the game the Express were just 3 for their last 45 on the man advantage.

Sam Kozlowski drew the second assist on the goal. He finished with 1 goal and 2 assists.

The rollercoaster ride Saturday night continued as Anthony Vincent scored 1:05 later for the Chiefs to tie it again at 4.

Then in the final minute of the second period the Chiefs took their first lead of the night on a goal by Kaden Pickering who sped into the Express zone and snuck a shot through Stevenson's pads at 19:32.

In the opening minutes of the third period Chilliwack seemed content to control the puck as much as they could in the Express zone, and not be overly concerned with throwing pucks at the net. Chilliwack's patience allowed the clock to slowly tick down while protecting a one goal lead.

Anthony Vincent snapped a shot through Stevenson for his second of the game to make it 6-4 at 12:05. That goal hurt the Express as they can't afford any soft goals with such a small margin of error that separates the difference between winning and losing for the Express.

Alex Ambrosio cut the deficit back to one with his 5th of the season at 13:34. Mitch Newsome quickly snapped it to Riley Johnson who made a quick one touch pass to Amborsio who snapped it home from the slot. The goal for the captain capped off a one goal and one assist night. He hadn't had a point in his previous 7 games.

That goal would be as close as the Express would come. They couldn't find the glorious chance that would result in the game tying goal that would send it to overtime.

Up next for the Express is a home and home next weekend with Surrey.

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