Saturday, September 21, 2019


Langley scored three first period goals and never looked back picking up their first win of the season and handing the Express their first loss of the season in three games this young season. Click here for boxscore

Right from the get go it wasn't the Express' night. They were called for a delay of game penalty right at the start when a number of players didn't get off the ice in time during pre-game warm up.

Gregory Lapointe was officially whistled for the penalty giving Langley the powerplay. Will Dow-Kenny made the Express pay at 1:17 snapping a wrist shot past goaltender Thomas Wardle making his second consecutive start in Langley.

That goal sparked Langley who kept peppering the Express net with shots. And Thomas Wardle did all he could to hold off their push. Just shy of the 6 minute mark they added to their lead when Matteo Pecchia chipped a rebound over the pad of Wardle for a 2-0 Langley lead.

Late in the first period saw a number of penalties called in quick succession. With the teams skating 4 on 4 Tristan Fraser scored on a backdoor pass from Brian Scoville off a won face-off in the Express zone. Before the play resumed there was some confusion on the ice and it resulted in Tyler Schleppe getting whistled for a cross checking penalty. When everything was all said and done Langley had 6 first period powerplays and a 3-0 lead.

A different Express team returned for the second period. They had more jump and a little more edge to their game.

Christian MacDougall undressed a Langley defenceman then cut to the net where he put his shot off the post. In the process MacDougall was hit by a Rivermen defender on the play and ended up making contact with goaltender Braedon Fleming. The officials never whistled the play dead as Fleming laid on his side with an equipment issue. All the while the puck came back to Joe Borthwick whose shot from the point couldn't find an open portion of the net with Fleming out of position.

Langley Head Coach Bobby Henderson wasn't happy with the lack of what he felt deserved to be a call. He was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a game misconduct. Fleming's equipment issue forced him to leave during the Express powerplay for repairs forcing Kristian Lyon into action.

Lyon held the fort making three saves during the Express powerplay.

Gregory Lapointe got the Express on the board taking a pass out from behind the net and snapping it over the glove of Fleming now back in the Langley net to get the Express on the board.

He had two other top notch chances later in the period, but was unable to finish to help pull the Express closer.

Tanner Versluis re-stored Langley's three goal lead on the powerplay on the edge of the Express crease re-directing a Brian Scoville shot between the legs of Wardle for a 4-1 lead.

The third period capped off the night with Logan Kurki dropping the gloves with Will Dow-Kenny.

Then Langley put the finishing touches on the game on the second goal of the game by Tanner Versluis and Kalen Szeto 1:34 apart to extend Langley's lead to 6-1. Langley finished the night going 3 for 10 on the powerplay. The Express meanwhile went 0 for 6 on their own powerplay.

The Express will come home for their home opener to play host to the Chilliwack Chiefs Saturday with a 2-1 record. 

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