Sunday, October 6, 2013


3 games against Mainland division foes, and 3 wins and 6 crucial points for the Coquitlam Express.

They started the weekend by taking both games of a home and home with Chilliwack 5-2 Friday and 9-4 Saturday.

Then capped it off with a 5-1 win over the Surrey Eagles Sunday.

Like Saturday in Chilliwack, the Express wanted to jump on their opponents early. They did that again Sunday but weren't able to finish their chances. Ryan Rosenthal had a breakaway in the opening 50 seconds and was turned aside in his bid to open the scoring for a second straight game on the first Express shot by Eagles starter Bo Didur.

Surrey got the games first powerplay. But it was the Express who got the best scoring chances.

Canon Pieper, Joey Santucci and Adam Rockwood all had good chances to score while the Express were a man down.

The Express opened up a early 6-1 advantage in shots. But Surrey finished the period strong outshooting the Express the rest of the way 13-5 but the teams were scoreless after 20 minutes.

The deadlock was broken 5 minutes into the second period as Adam Rockwood set up Bo Pieper in front of the net and he slid it past Didur.

Adam Rockwood put the Express up a pair midway through the period as he took a feed from Ryan Rosenthal and roofed a backhand over the glove of Didur.

A turnover while the Express were on the powerplay late in the second period resulted in Surrey's only goal as Nic Pierog stole the puck and scored on a breakaway picking the top corner over the glove of Gordy Defiel.

Two quick Eagles penalties in the third period gave the Express a 5 on 3 powerplay for 1:58.

They made it count as Ryan Rosenthal blasted home a one timer from the left circle for a 3-1 Express lead.

Defiel finished with 42 saves Sunday earning the game's first star. His best save came off Jonah Renouf in the third period with a glove save as the Eagles forward tried to beat him on the backhand.

Rosenthal added his second of the period minutes later to put the Express up 4-1. That was quickly followed by Canon Pieper scoring his 6th of the season on a wrap around following great work along the boards in the Surrey zone with his brother Bo.

It was a very explosive weekend offensively for the Express. They outscored their opposition 19-7 in the three games.

And there were some very impressive individual performances that are certainly worthy of BCHL player of the week consideration.

Ryan Rosenthal has to be at the top of the list with a trio of 2 goal and 1 assist games for 6 goals and 3 assists and 9 points this weekend.

Corey Mackin with 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points, Canon Pieper had 4 goals and 2 assists for 6 points, Bo Pieper with 1 goal and 4 assists for 5 points, and Adam Rockwood with 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points.

The Langley Rivermen also went 3 for 3 this weekend picking up 6 points with two wins over Surrey and an overtime come from behind win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs Sunday. They will be the Express next opponent on Friday in Coquitlam. It will be a battle for first place in the Mainland division as the Rivermen will enter the game one point up on the Express in the standings.

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