Saturday, December 1, 2012


The Coquitlam Express picked up their third win in their last four games with a 7-1 win over the Trail Smoke Eaters. The win also gave the sweep of the two game season series for the Express.

The offence started quickly for the Express. They got a double minor powerplay less than a minute into the game and they would capitalize. Adam Rockwood worked the puck into the corner to Justin Georgeson who snapped a pass through the crease and found a pinching Michael Maciag who tipped home his second goal of the season past Lyndon Stanwood. That gave the Express the taste for blood in the water against the team with by far the most goals allowed in the BCHL.

Phil Zielonka got on the board just under four minutes later. Mark Biega's shot from the point missed the net but the puck bounced off the end boards into the goal crease where Zielonka poked it home for his 13th goal in his 15 game with the Express. 35 seconds later the Express struck again. And it was a veteran forward bumping a lengthy slump. Justin Georgeson snapped a wrist shot that was tipped by a Trail defender and got past Stanwood. For Georgeson it was his first goal in his last 12 games.

The three goal lead less than six minutes into the game on six shots chased Lyndon Stanwood at least for the moment. Coquitlam kept on looking for more on Cody Boeckman.

Brandon Morley was high sticked in the neutral zone which was going to result in a Trail penalty. With the delayed penalty in effect, Travis Stephens picked up the puck in the neutral zone, carried the puck into the Trail zone and snapped a wrist shot low to the stick side for his first Express goal at 17:39.

A four goal lead for Daniel Urbani was a very comfortable cushion for the Express rookie netminder to protect.

Another Express veteran snapped a significant slump of his own in the second period. Mitch Nardi scored his first goal in eight games for just his fourth goal of the season to give the Express a 5-0 lead.

Both Nardi and Georgeson had a helping hand in helping the other break their droughts with assists on the goals.

Former Express Brayden Pears snapped Daniel Urbani's bid for his second consecutive shutout of the Trail Smoke Eaters with less than seven minutes remaining in the third period as his powerplay goal beat Urbani with a wrist shot high to the glove side.

Twenty five seconds later the lead was back to five for the Express as Stephens scored his second goal of the game wiring a wrist shot over the glove of Stanwood who returned to the crease at the start of the second period.

John Siemer rounded out the scoring for the Express with 1:41 to go as he poked a loose puck that was in the crease in the net after Phil Zielonka showed great determination to get the puck into the slot area to create the scoring chance.

Up next comes a critical portion of the schedule for the Express that will see them play their next four games on the road vs. Mainland division opponents starting Wednesday in Chilliwack. Then the Express hit the road for a pair of games next weekend in Prince George. The fourth game on the road vs. a divisional opponent will be Friday December 14th in Langley.

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