Sunday, October 31, 2010
Junior A league introduced revised format in 2000-01
BY JIM JAMIESON, THE PROVINCE OCTOBER 31, 2010
The Canucks are finally getting around to working on their shootout skills, but it seems the league may be looking at de-emphasizing the breakaway competition to decide tied games.
Detroit GM Ken Holland is proposing changes to the NHL's current overtime rules where teams play four aside for five minutes before going to the shootout if no winner has been determined.
Holland's suggestion is to go to an eight-minute overtime, with the first four minutes at four-on-four and the second four minutes three-on-three.
A shootout would still be held if no goal is scored.
The idea, of course, is that if four-on-four doesn't produce a winner, then three-on-three certainly will.
Interestingly, the concept is a variation of the OT system used by the B.C. Hockey League since the 2000-01 season.
The BCHL instead uses a 10-minute overtime, with the first five minutes at four-on-four and the next five at three-a-side.
What happens if there is a penalty during the three-on-three?
It's a penalty shot.
The idea came from Dr. Duncan Wray, the longtime owner/governor of the Vernon Vipers. Apparently, he made the proposal two times before it was accepted by BCHL governors.
The BCHL does't do shootouts and the OT format certainly doesn't leave many tie games. Last season, the junior league played 510 games and only seven resulted in ties.
"I never really liked the shootout," said Wray. "We had it in the 1990s and I think it took us three years to win one. To me a shootout is like settling a baseball game with a home-run derby. Ken Holland asked me about it a couple of years ago, so that might be where this comes from."
Canucks forward Jeff Tambellini's played in the BCHL when the system was first introduced.
"There were not too many ties," he said. "The game opens up so much when you get to three-on-three. It's pretty exciting and sooner or later somebody is going to score. It's fun to watch."
Even though Tambellini is an excellent shootout player, he said he still prefers to win a game the traditional way.
"I like to win a game in overtime," he said. "It feels that much better."
Canucks captain Henrik Sedin is leery of the extra three minutes that would be added onto OT in an already long and demanding season.
"I would like a game to be decided playing hockey," he said. "But that's an extra three minutes. That's a long time [to add]. A three-on-three is almost like a shootout -- you'd have a guy going down and shooting and, if he misses, it's a two-on-one the other way. It's exciting but it's a lottery just the same."
Goaltender Roberto Luongo said he doesn't really care either way.
"Shootouts are fun, except when you lose," he said. "I think the fans enjoy it. Three-on-three, I don't know what it would look like, really. I know when we do that in practice for fun there's a lot of ice out there and a lot of scoring chances. It really doesn't matter to me."
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Friday, October 29, 2010
It's amazing how things have changed for this Express team. Not too long ago we were talking about a team that was averaging 7 goals for per game during a 4 game stretch.
Now they have scored 1 goal in each of their last 3 games.
The Express knew they were facing one of their toughest challenges of the season. The Kings entered the contest as the best defensive team in the BCHL. Powell River has allowed just 34 goals this season for a team goals against average of 1.8.
Coquitlam knew they had to bury the few chances that they would get. And goaltender Luke Hernandez had to have one of his best performances of the season that allowed his team to have a chance to win.
Powell River opened the scoring on Jon Jutzi's screened point shot that beat Hernandez to the short side.
Jason Grecica thought he pulled the Express even midway through the first, but he contacted the puck with a high stick just before he put it in the net.
Riley Mcintosh tallied for the Express just before the period was done when he jumped into the rush and wired a wrist shot past Micheal Garteig for his 3rd goal of the season.
The game remained tied at one until early in the 3rd period.
With Matt Mazzarolo sitting in the penalty box for hooking, Powell River won the ensuing faceoff and Mike Sones tipped Justin Dasilva's point shot past a screened Hernandez to give Powell River a 2-1 lead.
Coquitlam had a great chance to pull even when they had a two man advantage for a full two minutes.
The Express couldn't convert on the glorious opportunity as they looked for the perfect play which never truly materialized.
The Kings killed off the powerplay and killed the Express' chances at a comeback. That capped a night that saw the Express go 0 for 5 on the powerplay. Now the man advantage is a frigid 1 for 26 in the last 5 games.
Special teams continues to be a difference maker for the Express. The penalty killing has been pretty solid as of late. However, the game winning goal did come on a powerplay.
The penalty killing has killed of 21 of the last 25 shorthanded situations.
At this point of the season the question becomes, where has the offence gone? The Express top offensive weapons for the most part have disappeared.
Veteran Brad Reid who is second in team scoring has just 1 assist in his last 5 games. And he has just one goal in his last 8 games.
Destry Straight has just 2 assists since his 3 goal 1 assist performance 6 games ago. A 7-5 win in Surrey.
Garrick Perry is pointless in his last 3 games, 1 assist in his last 4, and 1 goal in his last 6 games.
Massimo Lamacchia was doing his part to contribute, but now he has no points in his last 2 games.
Those are the top 5 goal scorers on the Express and a fair amount of the offensive responsibility falls on their shoulders.
I can guarantee you that if their names were seen more regularly on the scoresheet in the last 6 games, we wouldn't be discussing a losing streak this long.
Then when you consider that 4 of the 6 games during this losing streak have been decided by one goal. And another was a two goal game that was iced with an empty net marker.
It's not time to panic and make drastic changes, a break or two and if there was some finish with these chances the Express fortunes will turn around.
At some point however, the moral victories can no longer be tolerated and results are required. Right now the Express aren't getting the results they need.
I want to make it clear that the Express aren't getting poorly out played every single night. However, this run is having an impact on the Express positioning in the standings. They have now dropped to 6th place in the Coastal Conference. And the Nanaimo Clippers in 7th aren't that far behind just 4 points back with 3 games in hand.
The Express now have a week to prepare for a 2 game Interior road trip to Westside and Salmon Arm starting Friday.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Surrey did get off to a good start leading 2-0 after 20 minutes. Mitchell Deacon scored the Express lone goal in the 2nd period to cut the lead to one.
But the story was the third period from an Express point of view.
They were all over the Surrey Eagles. Coquitlam had some unreal scoring chances, but somehow couldn't put a second puck past Andrew Hunt. Austin Carroll, Brad Reid, Riley Mcintosh had chances that still have me shaking my head how none of them went in.
Eagles captain Tyler Morley put a dagger in the heart of the Express sealing the win for the visitors with an empty net goal.
Special teams was good and bad for the Express. The good was killing off all 5 shorthanded situations. Including a pair of 5 on 3 shorthanded situations.
The Express penalty killing is having its best run of the season. Wednesday's game was the 4th time in the last 5 outings the Express have been perfect on the penalty killing. They have killed off 17 of 20 shorthanded situations in that time.
But the powerplay had another poor outing going 0 or 5. The powerplay is just 1 for 21 in the last 4 games.
The schedule doesn't get any easier for the Express Friday night as they welcome Powell River to town. The Kings sit tied for top spot in the Coastal Conference with 26 points. And their BCHL best 33 goals allowed isn't a welcome sight for a club struggling to score goals.
Yesterday the Express had a chance to go down to Rogers Arena to watch the Colorado Avalanche game day skate. And have a word with Express alumni David Jones and Brandon Yip now regulars with the Avalanche.
It was a familiar scene for Brandon Yip and David Jones at Rogers Arena on Tuesday morning, the NHL players meeting members of the Junior A Coquitlam Express.
Except last time Yip and Jones went through it, they were the pups with the Express and Brendan Morrison was the NHLer.
"It was always cool to come down and watch the guys warm up and see both teams," the 26-year-old Jones said after the Avs morning skate Tuesday.
"It's crazy to think that not too long ago that was me up in the stands and now we're playing here.
"Absolutely I remember coming down to the rink and watching the pregame skate," the 25-year-old Yip added. "It was a pretty cool experience."
Yip played hockey in Maple Ridge, Jones in North Van minor, and both are former Express captains.
Both were drafted way, way down the board, Yip in the eighth round in 2004, Jones in the ninth in 2003.
Those rounds don't even exist any more.
Jones, taken with the fifth-last pick at No. 288 (the Canucks passed three picks earlier), has the added honour of being the lowest draft pick of the Nordiques/ Avalanche franchise to actually play in the NHL.
"But you know what?" Jones said. "It was really exciting. I had no idea I was going to get drafted.
"I got a call from my mom and she said, 'You got drafted, what does that mean?'
"I was like, 'Wow -- that's amazing.' "
The Avs, in fact, had a heated argument about whom to take with that last pick in 2003.
Scout Glen Cochrane, the former Canuck and Flyer, insisted it be Jones and, as others argued against him Cochrane phoned Express GM Darcy Rota around 8 a.m. Vancouver time.
"Glen really believed in David, that he'd one day play in the NHL," said Rota, in the stands with his players for Tuesday morning's Avs skate. "He said to me, 'Darcy, tell me again about David Jones.' I said, 'Glen, you and I have talked so many times about this player -- take him.' "
Jones and Yip are among five Avs who played their minor hockey in the Lower Mainland, but only Scott Hannan (23rd overall in 1997) was drafted higher than the seventh round.
"I just kept focusing on getting to the next level," Yip said.
Jones was 2-1-3 recently against Detroit and is trying to put a dismal season last year behind him: When he suffered a season-ending knee injury on Nov. 28, 2009, he was second on the team in goals (10 in 23 games), and led the Avs in game winners (three) and short-handed goals (two).
Yip had 11 goals in 32 games last season, and jumped out of the gate at 1-1-2 plus a shootout winner in his first three games this season before a pulled groin slowed him down.
"There's no secret to Yip's game," said Avs head coach Joe Sacco.
"He's a hard-working guy, he's got to be a real thorn in the side of the opposition, that has to be his game.
"And he's got the ability to put the puck in the net at times."
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Sunday, October 24, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
NHL Central Scouting released it's first list of NHL propsects to watch for June's draft in Minnesota.
Rookies Destry Straight and Mitchell Deacon were both listed among the 7 BCHL players on the list.
Straight is listed as an "A" prospect. Or a must see player who could either be a first or second round pick.
The 17 year old has gotten off to a fantastic start to his BCHL career. He is currently tied with Brad Reid for the team lead in scoring with 22 points in 15 games.
"It's a fantastic recognition for Destry and for the Express organization," head coach Jon Calvano says. "Destry has the ability to make plays at a high speed and he's got great vision. He's got an impressive skill set and he's shown very quickly that he has the ability to succeed at this level.
Mitchell Deacon is listed as a "C" prospect. Or projected as a player that could be selected as a late round selection.
Deacon has 2 goals in 12 games this season. His 6'3 size is what NHL teams are looking at as a possible NHL draft pick come June.
The other 5 players listed include 4 Trail Smoke Eaters, Sam Mellor "B" prospect, Travis St. Denis, Joey Baker and Eric Walker "C" prospects. Westside defenceman Micheal King rounds out the list as a "B" prospect.
Monday, October 18, 2010
The Express made two trades on Monday. First they sent Zac Ashdown to the Prince George Spruce Kings. Plus they also sent Jesse Halikas to the Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL).
The Express received future considerations in return in both trades.
Ashdown had 4 goals and 7 assists for 11 points in 12 games this season. Halikas had 2 goals and 1 assist in 11 games this season.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
They dropped a pair of 4-3 decisions to the Westside Warriors in regulation Friday. And to the Merritt Centennials in overtime Saturday.
Friday, the Express had the lead on 3 seperate occasions, only to let it slip away.
Jason Grecica and Alex Petan scored first period powerplay goals.
But by the time the third period began, the Express were trailing 4-3. And the Warriors stifled the life out of the Express in their attempt to mount a comeback.
The Warriors aggresive forechecking and up ice pressure prevented the Express from getting a shot on goal until the 16 minute mark of the third period. And when they did get shots through, Kevin Boyle was there to shutdown the the Express attack. Boyle had 22 saves for his second win of the season.
Grayson Downing and Tyler Brickler each had 1 goal and 1 assist for the Warriors. Zac Ashdown led the Express attack with 3 points. 1 goal and 2 assists.
To quote Jon Calvano about the effort from his hockey club Friday, "Worst game of the season."
Well if Friday was bad in the eyes of the coach, the performance Saturday wasn't much better in Merritt.
The one win Centennials jumped all over the Express from the drop of the puck. Forcing them into defensive zone turnovers, bad break out passes and icings.
As a result, the Cents had jumped out to a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes. Merritt coming off 2 OT losses to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and Penticton Vees were gaining confidence, and they were rewarded for their hard work vs. the Express.
Matt Mazzarolo looked to spark his team by fighting Dylan Playfair early in the 2nd period.
The fight appeared to have the desired effect. Garrick Perry scored seconds later off a faceoff in the Merritt zone to get the Express on the board. Then just 10 seconds following Perry's goal, Massimo Lamacchia scored to pull the Express within one.
The two goals gave the Express life and they started to turn their play around. But weren't rewarded with the equalizer.
That didn't come until the final minute of the third period off a won faceoff in the Merritt zone. Alex Petan tipped a Garrick Perry shot to tie the game at 3 and force overtime.
The extra session didn't last long however. Brandon Pfiel the former Express AP came down the left wing and roofed a shot over the shoulder short side on Luke Hernandez for his second of the game to give Merritt just their 2nd win this season.
The two losses for Coquitlam was an opportunity lost to stay within striking distance of the Langley Chiefs and Powell River Kings for the top 2 positions in the Coastal Conference standings.
The Express are now 6 points back of Langley and are 2 back of Powell River. The Alberni Valley Bulldogs and Victoria Grizzlies are just 4 points back of Coquitlam but they have 4 and 3 games in hand on the Express.
The schedule doesn't get any easier for the Express as they travel to Langley to face the Coastal Conference leaders Thursday night.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Click to hear Straight's shorthanded marker.
Click to hear Straight's second goal of the game.
Click to hear Perry's penalty shot goal.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
That comes after Yip scored his first goal of the season one night earlier in Philadelphia.
Click below for the game highlights.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Lamacchia enjoyed a pair of outstanding games over the weekend that helped extend Coquitlam's home record to 5-1 on the season. On Friday, the 19-year old assisted on four Express tallies in a 7-4 victory over the Surrey Eagles. And on Sunday afternoon, he netted a hat trick and added another three helpers in a 9-2 triumph over the Cowichan Valley Capitals.
Overall, Lamacchia recorded three goals and seven assists in three games. The offseason pick-up from Ontario now sits third in team scoring with 17 points through 12 games.
Honourable mentions for this week's award included Penticton Vees defenceman Joey Laleggia, Nanaimo Clippers forward Mike Domsodi and Powell River Kings forward Chad Niddery.
Massimo Lamacchia came within one point of tying an Express franchise record for points in a game with 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points. Kyle Turris holds the Express record for points in a game with 7. A feat he accomplished twice in his career.
The last Express player to pick up 6 points in a game was Carlo Finucci who had 1 goal and 5 assists in a 7-1 Express win over the Surrey Eagles on November 28 2007.
Lamacchia finished the weekend with 10 points in 3 games after a 4 assist outing in Friday's 7-3 win over the Surrey Eagles. Can you say BCHL Player of the week? I can.
Malcom Mckinney had his second straight strong outing opening the scoring 18 seconds into the game. He also added a pair of assists. That is on the heels of scoring his first 2 goals of the season Saturday night in Langley.
Garrick Perry, Austin Carroll and Jared Eng also added singles for the Express.
Coquitlam finished the 3 game weekend with a 2-1 record. They scored a total of 21 goals in the 3 games for an average of 7 goals for per game.
The win improved the Express home ice record to 5-1.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Coquitlam appeared to have the game in control for the first two periods. Then came a disaster of a 3rd period in a 7-5 loss to the Langley Chiefs.
The Express had a 3-1 lead after 2 periods and appeared to be in good shape to pick up a road victory.
Then Langley turned their game up a notch and the Express didn't have much of a response.
The Chiefs exploded for 4 goals in 3:36 to open up a 5-3 lead. The Express did respond with goals by Jason Grecica and Malcom Mckninney's second of the game to tie it at 5.
But with just over 3 minutes remaining in the third period captain Garrick Perry was called for kneeing in the Chiefs zone giving Langley a late powerplay.
And the Chiefs made the Express pay as Kevin Tuohy wired a shot that was tipped over Khaleed Devji to re-store the Chiefs lead.
Langley iced the game with a empty net goal by Trevor Gerling in the final minute.
The Chiefs put a 6 spot on the Express in the third period to salvage the game and extend their winning streak to 6 games.
The Express have little time to lick their wounds and are back in action Sunday afternoon at home vs. the Cowichan Valley Capitals.
Highlights courtesy of Cary Derksen.
*Moment number 10 in the Express top 10 moments in franchise history is now up on the blog. You will have to scroll down to a few postings to see it and listen to the feature. Apologies.
Friday, October 8, 2010
The main story was a fast start by the Express and a complete 180 on the special teams compared to last Saturday vs. Langley.
Surrey opened the scoring on a goal by Kyle Madsen. Then the Express pulled away.
Destry Straight scored the goal of the year to date cutting around the Eagle defence then swept the puck past Andrew Hunt to tie it up.
Then Coquitlam struck on back to back 5 on 3's to expand their lead to 3-1 on Straight's 2nd of the game and a goal by Brad Reid. But that wasn't the end of the onslaught, Jessie Halikas and Mitchell Deacon rounded out the scoring and the Express took a 5-1 lead to the room after 20 minutes.
Massimo Lamacchia had a chance to expand the Express lead in the second as he was hauled down on a break after exiting the penalty box and was awarded a penalty shot. Lamacchia couldn't beat Hunt however as he kicked out his left pad and turn aside Lamacchia's bid.
Surrey used the momentum from the save to start to turn the game around. The Eagles responded with goals by Eric Cooper and Bradley McGowan to cut the Express lead to 5-3.
The McGowan goal at 16:01 also meant the end of the night for starter Khaleed Devji after allowing 3 goals on 15 shots.
The goaltending change caught the attention of the Express who responded with Jason Grecica's 3rd goal in 4 games vs. his old mates and Brad Reid's 2nd of the game on powerplay to restore the Express 4 goal lead after 40 minutes.
The Eagles Hayden Trupp rounded out the scoring at 8:53.
The Express powerplay finished 3 for 8 Friday night after going 0 for 5 in a 4-2 loss to Langley last Saturday. The penalty killing had its second perfect night of the season killing off all 7 shorthanded situations. The Eagles helped the Express penalty killing by wiping out 3 of their powerplay opportunities by taking a penalty while on the advantage.
Friday's perfect night on the penalty kill was just the 2nd time in 10 games this season the Express didn't allow a powerplay goal.
Coquitlam has won all 3 games on home ice vs. the Eagles this season.
The Eagles gave up 7 goals for a second consecutive night after getting trounced 7-1 in Langley Thursday night.
3 - Massimo Lamacchia - 4 assists
2 - Garrick Perry - 4 assists
1 - Brad Reid - 2 goals 2 assists
The Express are back in action Saturday night taking on the Coastal Conference leading Langley Chiefs. Sunday the Express return home to play host to the Cowichan Valley Capitals.
The Express have added another veteran defenceman bringing in Wade Bennett (90).
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
It wasn't uncommon when Wyatt Russell was with the Express during the 04-05 season to see his famous parents Kurt and Goldie Hawn attend games at the Coquitlam Sports Centre.
Now, the former Express netminder has entered the family business.
He made a guest appearance on the season opening episode of Law and Order Los Angeles which aired Wednesday night.
Wyatt Russell is famous for his parentage: Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. He also happens to be a hard-working, aspiring goaltender. Russell was a member of the Charger hockey program for three semesters before leaving to play professionally and attend film school; he would have been ineligible for transfer if he’d completed a fourth semester of credit hours at UAH.
When we think of following our hockey alumni in their future endeavors, it’s usually as they play professionally; in Wyatt’s case, he’ll be showcasing his acting chops on Law & Order: Los Angeles, where he guest stars in the premiere episode, “Hollywood”. L&O:LA airs on Wednesday night’s at 10pm E/9pm C.
The production process is well under way. And now the Express top 10 moments in franchise history is ready to make its debut.
Saturday night during the first intermission of the broadcast in Langley will see the first feature hit the airwaves.
This series will run during road broadcasts throughout the remainder of the season. And they will be featured to listen at anytime here on the Coquitlam Expressions blog.
Hopefully you will enjoy these features. Perhaps learn a thing or two about the history of the Express. And bring back a few memories.
Here is the schedule that the features will air during the season.
10 - Saturday October 9 @ Langley
9 - Saturday October 16 @ Merritt
8 - Friday - November 5 @ Westside
7 - Wednesday November 17 @ Langley
6 - Friday December 3 @ Nanaimo
5 - Sunday December 5 @ Powell River
4 - Sunday January 9 @ Nanaimo
3 - Sunday January 23 @ Trail
2 - Friday February 11 @ Victoria
1 - Sunday February 13 @ Powell River
Monday, October 4, 2010
Last season Crowder played with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL scoring 12 goals and 26 points in 79 games.
Crowder was acquired by the Express in a mid-season trade in their final season in Coquitlam in 04-05 putting up 47 points in 48 games. The following season, he was limited to just 14 games during the regular season due to shoulder surgery. But returned to be a vital cog in the Express 2006 Royal Bank Cup championship run.
From there, he played 3 seasons at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He signed a free agent contract with the New York Rangers in March 2009.
Paul is re-united with his brother Tim for the first time since they were teammates in Surrey in 04-05 and in Powell River in 03-04.
The Crowder brothers got their names engraved on the Fred Page Cup in consecutive years when Tim's Eagles won it in 05 and Paul's Express won it in 06.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Coyotes Prepare Roster for Prague
“It (practice) was good today,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “…You expect the pace to pick up, but it was very good today. Guys worked hard… There were a lot of things we wanted to make sure were in place before we leave, and the guys worked very hard today.”
Friday’s practice also signaled a shift from competition for roster spots to preparation for meaningful games. Phoenix will play two regular-season games vs. Boston in Prague, Czech Republic on Oct. 9 and Oct. 10.
“It’s one of those things where you have to be ready now,” Doan said. “We have to be ready to go. We have to be ready to start when we get there. It’s pretty much regular season for us once we get there.”
Center Kyle Turris, the third overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft who played all of last season in the American Hockey League, has made the roster. Center Kyle Wellwood, who was in training camp on a tryout basis, was released.
“I feel like, overall, I’ve grown as a player in every aspect,” Turris said. “My defensive game, my protecting the puck, physically stronger, better in face-offs; everything I think has just grown and made me a better player.”
Turris, who played 63 games for the Coyotes in 2008-09, says he’s better prepared for the NHL this time around.
“I think I know what to expect and I’m just going to come work hard every day, have a good start to the season and just continue that on throughout the rest of the season,” Turris said.
Tippett announced the team would take eight defensemen to Europe.
“We’ve got a couple guys that are nursing some minor injuries, so we’re going to keep the defensemen we have right now,” Tippett said. “(Derek) Morris is nursing a bit of an injury, so he’s day-to-day. He’ll be fine to go on the trip, but we just decided to keep eight defensemen around right now.”
Tippett also talked about forwards Viktor Tikhonov and Mikkel Boedker, who were sent to the team's AHL affiliate in San Antonio on Thursday.
“They are very close to NHL ready,” Tippett said. “…Both of them had very good camps. We’re deep on the wings right now. There’s some veterans who are going to get an opportunity to see what they can do, but both those guys are certainly knocking right on the door.”
The Coyotes will play the KHL’s Dinamo Riga in an exhibition game on Wednesday before opening the season on Oct. 9 against the Bruins at the O2 Arena in Prague.