Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Charlie Barrow scored his second overtime winner of the season for his second goal of the game in a 3-2 Express win over the West Kelowna Warriors Tuesday night. Click here for boxscore

The Belmont Massachusetts native also scored the game tying goal in the third period.

It was a game that had a number of twists and turns. Most notably in the second period.

Things started well for the Express as Colton Kerfoot opened the scoring on a first period power play.  Kerfoot closed in from the right circle and picked the top corner on Stephen Heslop as Taylor Green used his 6'7 frame to create a very effective screen.

Former Express Garrett Forster pulled the Warriors even early in the second period as he wired a shot in off the goal post past Tyger Howat.

That would be the start of a very dominant second period for the Warriors.

Howat then came up with a spectacular save on a Warriors power play stretching out to rob Paul Lovsin.

West Kelowna took their lone lead of the night when Liam Blackburn found Quin Foreman in front of the Express net and he deked around a fully stretched out Howat and slid the puck home.

Moments later Howat was down on one knee and in discomfort on the ice. He would end up leaving the game favoring his left leg and didn't return. Perhaps the save on Lovsin or the goal by Foreman or a combination of the two led to the injury.

That put Lawson Fenton in a tough spot to face the barrage of the Warriors attack. And face a barrage Fenton did. West Kelowna seemingly had the puck in the Express end for almost the entire second period. But Fenton was there to shut the door for the Express. West Kelowna outshot the Express 19-5 in the 2nd period.

Late in the middle frame Jack Serowiec delivered a big hit in the corner on defenseman Jake Harrison. He would leave the game and not return.

Seroweic was given a two minute check to the head penalty plus the automatic 10 minute misconduct. He also had to answer the bell and dropped the mitts with Rylan Yaremko and was given the automatic ejection. Also in that sequence Austin McIlmurray was given a game misconduct.

Coming out of the second period the Express were down three players from their roster for a variety of reasons.

The Express would tilt the ice back in their favour in the third period.

Alex Ambrosio moved up the the first line with Jackson Cressey and Colton Kerfoot for the third period following McIlmurray's ejection. He would help the Express create some chances for the in the third period.

Midway through the frame Ambrosio's centering pass went through the goal crease then bounced back to Charlie Barrow who blasted home his first of the night off the post to tie the game at two.

Fenton would shut the door on all 8 shots in the third period to get the game to overtime. He finished making 17 saves on all 17 shots sent his way after relieving Howat midway through the second period.

It didn't take long for the overtime to come to an end. Kerfoot would dig the puck out of a prolonged scrum for the puck in the corner, turn and find a perfectly timed pinch from Barrow who snapped home a pass upstairs for his second overtime winner in less than a week to give the Express a 3-2 win.

The win improved the Express to 3-0-1 in overtime this season. They've played beyond 60 minutes in three of their last four games.

Up next the Express are back home Friday night vs. the Powell River Kings before heading back on the road to the first visit to Wenatchee and Trail.

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