Monday, February 22, 2010


The Express time in Burnaby came to an end on a winning note with a 8-7 shootout win over the Williams Lake Timberwovles in the final game of the season.

The game was a wild back and forth affair. Especially in the third period with each team scoring 4 times. The Express opened the third with a 4-3 lead. Then took a 6-4 lead on powerplay goals by Chris Van Duynhoven his first goal of the season and Dylan Herold.

The T-Wolves cut the lead back down to one, then James Bettauer re-stored Burnaby's 7-5 lead with Burnaby's 3rd powerplay goal of the third period with 4:52 remaining and it appeared that victory was in the grasp of the Express.

But Williams Lake didn't go down without a fight, then all of a sudden the game was even again on goals by Ryan Stanimir and Jason Diehl 1:35 apart to even the score at 7.

And just when it appeared overtime might be required, Garrick Perry busted down the right wing and wired a shot past Sean Donnelly to give the Express an 8-7 lead.

Burnaby held on the rest of the way to pick up the win and end the season on a positive note.

The win was just the 2nd road win for the Express since the end of September.

18-36-0-6 for 42 points was the final record for the Express this season. It's very similar to the 18-35-1-6 for 43 points mark that the Express posted last season.

Earlier this week, Quesnel scored 4 first period goals including 3 in a 2:02 span late in the first period en route to a 4-1 win over the Express Friday night. Nick Enegren took the loss. Kolby Kulhanek scored the lone goal for the Express.

The next night in Prince George, Paul De Jersey scored his first two goals of the season in a 5:06 span. De Jersey also added an assist for a 3 point outing but it wasn't enough as the Spruce Kings knocked off the Express 5-4.

The story of the game was the play of Andrew Walsh who stopped 42 of the 46 shots sent his way including all 22 in the third period backstopping Prince George to victory.

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