Friday, February 5, 2016


Express bench looks on  - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
Vimal Sukumaran tallied his third hat-trick of the season and was among three Chiefs players with a four point night in a 9-1 win over the Express. Click here for boxscore

Jack Surowiec - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
Chilliwack scored early, often and right through to the end.

It started in the opening minute of the first period with Jake Smith opening the scoring on a scramble play.

Then Vimal Sukumaran started his big night with his first two of the night on a set up from the slot and scoring alone at the side of the Express net for a 3-0 Chiefs after the first period.

The Express had their chances but weren't able to finish when it came time to bury the puck. Jackson Cressey was robbed by the pad of Aiden Pelino after the Express captain took a drop pass from Austin McIlMurray. Then McIlMurray had a breakaway but put his backhand out of play.

Blake Hayward - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
Cressey had more chances for the Express on a pair of second period powerplays but was unable to bury them either.

Sukumaran completed his third hat-trick of the season and scored his 30th of the year on a breakaway goal after he blocked an Express shot at the Chiefs blueline. Sukumaran finished with three goals and one assist.

Dennis Cholowski made it 5-0 through two periods.

The beat went on for Chilliwack in the third period, Zach Guitarri, Jordan Kawaguchi, Taylor Allan and Kohen Olischefski added third period goals. All told the Chiefs struck for 9 goals on 30 shots. Kawaguchi and Olischefski had one goal and three assists.
Keegan Jones - Photo courtesy of Garrett James

Austin McIlMurray scored the lone Express goal on the night in the third period.

Aiden Pelino battled through a few collisions with Express players and injury to turn aside 19 of 20 shots to post the win.

Chilliwack improved to 4-0 vs. the Express this season.

The Express return to action Monday afternoon on Family day in Surrey.

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