Friday, January 11, 2013


The only difference between Adam Rockwood and Pavel Datysuk on Rockwood's overtime winner for the Express Friday was that Rockwood wears 17 and Datsyuk wears 13 for the Detroit Red Wings.

The Express rookie pulled a Pavel Datsyuk goal out of his bag of tricks on his second overtime penalty shot goal that gave the Coquitlam Express a 5-4 overtime win over the Merritt Centennials.

It was the first game for the Express following the BCHL trade deadline the day before.

Newcomers Ben Israel and Garrett Forster made their Express debuts Friday. And they each left their mark on the game.

Isreal's impact came in the opening minutes of the game with big hit on a Centennials player cutting across the middle of the ice.

Merritt jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the Express after 20 minutes on goals by Sebastien Pare and Dylan Chanter. And they outshot the Express 13-3 in the opening period.

The Express were short staffed for the game. With Jackson Cressey and Anthony Conti dressed as AP's. And they had a hand in the Express win as well.

Coquitlam came out with some good jump to open the second period. They erased the two goal deficit quickly with Jackson Cressey scoring his first BCHL goal and that was followed 45 seconds later on a goal by Mitchell Fyffe to tie the game at two.

Merritt took a 3-2 lead late in the second period on a goal by Silvan Harper. Again the Express showed good resiliency and got that goal back just 38 seconds later on the first Express goal by Garrett Forster.

Jackson Cressey scored his second of the game 6 minutes into the third re-directing a Michael Maciag point shot to give the Express their first lead of the game.

Dylan Chanter scored his second of the game 5 minutes later to tie the game at 4 and we went to overtime.

Lets go straight to the second overtime. Adam Rockwood was hauled down going to the Merritt net. The hooking penalty to Sean Maktaak resulted in the automatic penalty shot.

On the penalty shot, the Express rookie knew what he was going to do right away. And made no mistake pulling off the Pavel Datsyuk type goal to give the Express the dramatic overtime win sending the whole building in Coquitlam into a frenzy after what they had just witnessed.

The goal and the win was such a huge morale booster for the Express. It has been a tough go for the them the last number of games. And winning in this fashion was the perfect tonic for the Express.

They were outshot 39-19. Cole Huggins provided the steady goaltending to keep the Express in the game. And their stick to it type attitude allowed them to battle through some adversity and find a way to dig deep and pick up a character win for sure.

The Express are back within one point of Langley for the final playoff spot in the Mainland division. The Rivermen were idle on Friday.

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