Thursday, August 27, 2015


The final score was one sided for the Langley Rivermen 12-0 in the exhibition opener for the Express at the Langley Events Centre.

First and foremost when trying to find a reason for the score being what it was, Langley dressed a veteran laden lineup with 8 returning players while the Express went with an all rookie lineup.

Langley dressed a full compliment of six 20 year olds.

Ben Butcher had a hat-trick for Langley. The shots finished 55-26 for the Rivermen.

This game was about player evaluation for the Express. Barry Wolff got an opportunity to evaluate the players that hit the ice against legitimate BCHL competition. Once the score got lopsided a players willingness to battle and keep pressing hard as the score got more and more one sided is what will catch the coach's attention.

Nic Bruyere got the start in the Express crease. He played the first half looking solid turning aside 26 of 29 shots sent his way.

The teams will meet again in the second game of the pre-season for the Express on Saturday night at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Centre.

Hear from Express Head Coach Barry Wolff following the game with his thoughts on training camp so far and being named to the Team Canada West coaching staff.

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