Saturday, January 30, 2010


The script for Friday's game for the Express vs. Surrey was the same as Wednesday's 5-2 home ice loss at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre.

Surrey cruised to a 5-1 win over the Express in the second of three straight games between the two clubs.

Wednesday, Surrey's best players were their best players. Their top line of Richard Vanderhoek, Adam Basford and Andrew Wallace combined for 3 goals, 6 asssists for 9 points.

That line was able to control the puck in the Express zone at will Friday night. As a result, they had another big night combining for 2 goals, 4 assists for 6 points.

This week that trio has lit up the Express for 5 goals, 10 assists for 15 points.

Tyler Morley scored two of the easiest goals he'll ever score in his career in the second period.

Vinny Lessard didn't have to be overly busy, but he quietly stopped 27 of 28 Express shots for his 6th straight win over the Express this season.

In his last 6 outings vs. the Express, Lessard is 6-0 with a 1.69 GAA and a save percentage of 94.59%.

The loss was the Express 4th straight at the South Surrey Arena this season. They've been outscored 22-7 in those losses giving up least 5 goals in every game.

In the last 2 seasons, the SSA has been a house of horrors for the Express posting just a 2-9 record. Losing 9 of their last 10 visits.

Burnaby has now lost 8 straight road games, and has just a 1-20-0-2 mark on the road since the end of September.

The Express also lost ground in the playoff race now sitting 6 points back of the Cowichan Valley Capitals after they defeated Prince George Friday night 4-2.

Burnaby's playoff hopes now might be all but officially dashed with just 8 games remaining in the season. That might be too deep of a hole to dig themselves out of with such little time left in the season.

The Express and Eagles will wrap up their 3 game head to head set Saturday night at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre.

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