Friday, November 15, 2013


The Coquitlam Express scored 4 first period goals to set them on the right path to a  6-3 win over the Mainland division leading Langley Rivermen.

The win was the second straight for the Express as they posted consecutive wins on home ice for the first time this season.

After a strong opening few shifts for Langley to start the game, the Express began to turn it in their favour while a man down.

Captain Ryan Rosenthal had a shorthanded breakaway and fired a shot high over the net as he tried to beat Steve Myland to the glove side. Moments later he got a chance at redemption and this time made no mistake beating Myland with a deke to the backhand for a BCHL leading 9th shorthanded goal for the Express this season. It was the third shorthanded goal for the captain this season.

Here's a real unique stat. While shorthanded this season, the Express are just a -4 in the goals for and goals against differential. Their penalty killing which improved to 1st in the BCHL tonight with a 3 for 3 performance has allowed 13 power play goals this season while scoring 9 shorthanded goals.

The offence kept rolling for the Express. Off a won face-off in the Langley zone Joey Santucci scored to give the Express a 2-0 lead at the 6:10 mark.

55 seconds later it was 3-0 Express thanks to a power play goal by Marc Biega. His second goal in as many outings. The goal brought Steve Myland's night to an end early after allowing 3 goals in 6 shots and getting replaced by Brock Crossthwaite.

Austin Azurdia cut the Express lead back down to two sliding the puck past Gordie Defiel following a turnover in the Express zone.

The lead was quickly back to 3 as the Express responded when Canon Pieper scored less than 4 minutes later. A quick response would turn out to be a theme for the Express on this night.

Another theme for the Express recently has been their fast starts which has seen them outscore their opposition 7-1 in the first period in the last two games.

Gage Torrel cut the Express lead down to 4-2 just over 5 minutes into the second period. Again the Express had a quick response as Mackin put the Express up by 3 for a third time in this game snapping a shot past the glove of Brock Crossthwaite.

Canon Pieper added his second of the game just over 2 minutes later to put the Express up 6-2.

This game did have some rough stuff. Ben Isreal was assessed a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for a hit on former Express Will Cook that left him down on the ice for a few minutes and he did not return.

The 5 minute power play was another chance for the Rivermen to try and claw back in it, but the Express penalty killers got the job done. The Express have now killed of 18 of their last 19 shorthanded situations.

Jackson Waniek rounded out the scoring with his first BCHL goal less than two minutes into the third period.

The Express got some balanced scoring from their top guns. Ryan Rosenthal and Canon Pieper led the way each with 3 point nights. And 8 different players registered at least one point.

Gordie Defiel turned aside 33 of the 36 Rivermen shots sent his way as he posted his first win since October 12th in Merritt.

The Express are right back to work Saturday night with a visit to Chilliwack.

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