Saturday, January 20, 2018


The Express won for a third time in their last four games, and are 3-1-1 in their last 5 following a 6-3 win over Nanaimo.

Former Express Cal Babych opened the scoring for Nanaimo with his 9th of the season at 4:26.

Then former Clipper Jack MacNab left his mark on his former team. He tied the game midway through the first period for his 3rd goal with the Express in his 7th game with the team. MacNab had two goals in 37 games this season with Nanaimo.

Late in the first period the Notre Dame committed forward set up Colby Pederson for 2-1 Express lead after 1 period.

Neither team found the back of the net in the second period. Express goaltender Brock Hamm was a big reason why as he turned away all 14 Nanaimo shots in the middle period. He finished with 33 saves to even his record at 7-7-2. He's 7-1-2 in his last 10 games dating back to the coaching change.

For a second straight game the Express poured it on in the second period. Eric Linell who recently committed to UConnn converted a Colby Pederson saucer pass for a 3-1 Express lead at 3:38.

Parker Colley briefly pulled Nanaimo back within one.

Jake Toor returned to the lineup for his first game since November 4th and fourth game overall this season. He buried a loose puck in the Clippers crease for a 4-2 Express lead.

That was followed 34 seconds later by Josh Wildauer burying the rebound of a Sam Kozlowski shot. Christian Sanda scored the 4th Express goal in just under 7 minutes for a shorthanded tally to open up a 6-2 Express lead.

The Express have outscored their opposition 8-2 in the third period of their last two games. And 14-4 in their last two games.

Brad Belisle rounded out the scoring for Nanaimo at 14:53 on a Clipper two man advantage.

Josh Wildauer, Jack MacNab and Colby Pederson all finished with 1 goal and 1 assist. 12 players total hit the scoresheet.

Up next for the Express is a Saturday visit to Surrey for the third meeting in 8 nights between the teams.

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