Saturday, December 15, 2012


Phil Zielonka scored his second overtime winner of the season just 30 seconds into the extra session to give the Express a 3-2 win over the Powell River Kings Saturday night. The win assured the Express would head into the holiday break on a winning note.

The Express got an early advantage in the special teams battle and it helped pace them to an early 2-0 lead. Coquitlam killed off an early elbowing penalty to John Siemer just 50 seconds into the game.

Then the Express powerplay went to work. Zach Pryzbek opened the scoring on the first Express powerplay of the game. He was persistent whacking away at the puck and was able to jam it under the pad of Braeden Ostepchuk.

Two minutes later on their second powerplay of the game they struck again. Off the rush John Siemer carried the puck into the Kings zone dished it into the middle to Phil Zielonka who quickly set up Brandon Morley who snapped the pass home for a 2-0 Express lead.

The Kings got one goal back before the period was done. Bradley Parker flipped the puck to the net and Matthew Dupont was able to direct the pass by Cole Huggins at 15:50.

The Express took their 2-1 lead to the third period. They had done a good job up to that point limiting the quality scoring chances against.

Powell River began to pick up the pace in the third period. A holding penalty in the opening minute of the third period to Zach Pryzbek gave the Kings their third powerplay of the game.

On the advantage, Matt Scarth was able to find a loose puck lying in the crease and swipe it home to complete the Powell River comeback from their two goal first period deficit.

The Kings carried an edge in play throughout the third period. But the Express held strong.

The game went to overtime. Coach Calvano sent out his big guns John Siemer and Phil Zielonka to begin the extra frame. It didn't take long for them to hook up and end the game for the Express. Siemer battled hard along the end boards to steal the puck from a Kings defenceman and flip it into the crease and Zielonka was there on the doorstep to quickly snap it past Ostepchuk to give the Express a 3-2 win just 30 seconds into overtime.

Coquitlam heads into the break with a 16-15-1-0 record through 32 games. When they return, they will have 24 games remaining in their season. They will resume their schedule with a home and home with the Langley Rivermen starting December 28th in Coquitlam.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish the followers of the blog all the best and hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season. Thank you for taking the time over the course of the season to check out the blog to date.

I have a few things I would like to post over the course of the next day or so. But like the players, I will probably take a holiday break from the blogging during the holiday season. 

1 comment:

rockfish said...

Thanks for posting all the reports, interviews and links to the Express. It's a great read!