Thursday, September 2, 2010


The Express saw their pre-season record fall to 3-2 after a 7-5 set back vs. the Langley Chiefs Thursday night.

It was a much different story 24 hours later for Robin Billingham and the Express.

After a 23 save on 24 shot performance in the 2nd half yesterday in Surrey, Thursday Billingham allowed 6 goals in the first period on 16 shots.

Langley's top line of Matt Ius, Josh Meyers and Brad McBride were dominant in the opening period. Ius opened the scoring just 6 seconds into the game. McBride had made it 2-0 by the time the game was just 34 seconds old.

Once the dust had settled after the opening period, the Chiefs took a 6-0 lead to the locker room.

Langley's top line of Ius, McBride and Meyers had combined for 4 goals and 5 assists for 9 points in the first period.

Robin Billingham's night was done after a 7th goal on the 25th shot sent his way at the 9:48 mark of the 2nd period.

Brad Reid scored the Express' lone goal in the 2nd period. The Express veteran had a chance for a second goal in the period but couldn't beat Wyatt Galley on a penalty shot.

Langley took their foot off the gas pedal in the third period resting their top line.

To the Express credit they didn't give up in the third period and battled back to make the final outcome more respectable.

Coquitlam scored 4 goals in the third period including Reid's second of the game. Destry Straight had a pair of goals and Paul De Jersey had the other Express marker.

Newly acquired Jared Eng made his Express exhibition debut and added a pair of assists.

Khaleed Devji was perfect stopping all 12 shots sent his way in 30:12 of action.

The shots finished even at 37 apiece. Coquitlam went 2/11 on the powerplay while Langley went 0/7.

The pre-season schedule wraps up Friday night at the Coquitlam Sports Centre vs. Simon Fraser University.

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