Friday, September 2, 2016


Jake Toor scored twice - Photo courtesy of Damon James
The Express wrapped up their exhibition schedule with a 5-2 win in Port Coquitlam over the Surrey Eagles.

Sam Kozlowski (9) - Photo courtesy of Damon James
Goaltender Lawson Fenton went the distance for the Express and had to come up with a number of saves in the opening minutes of the game thanks to a pair of Surrey powerplays.

Jake Toor opened the scoring for the Express 8:38 into the first period set up by Cam Bertsch.

The Eagles outshot the Express 12-6, but the hosts came out of the opening 20 minutes with a 1-0 lead.

Sam Kozlowski extended the Express lead three minutes into the second period converting a set up from Owen Stout and sliding it past Daniel Davidson.

Davidson played half the game for the Eagles allowing two goals on 12 shots.

Jackson Ross got the Eagles on the board midway through the second period by firing a screened point shot past Lawson Fenton.

Blake Hayward - Photo courtesy of Damon James
Back to back Surrey penalites just 8 seconds apart gave the Express a 5 on 3 for two minutes, but despite plenty of pressure the Express couldn't extend their lead.

Blake Hayward had one of the best scoring chances of the game, but somehow couldn't bang home a loose puck in front of the net. Hayward would make amends however in the dying seconds of the second period by snapping home a shot from the left wing assisted by Mitch Newsome and Owen Stout.

Jake Toor added his second of the net converting a pass from behind the net from Brett Didyk for a 4-1 Express lead.

Owen Stout - Photo courtesy of Damon James
The teams traded goals in the final minutes of the game with Mitchell Williams scoring for Surrey with the goalie pulled, then Luca Leone hit the empty net for an unassisted marker just over a minute later to round out the scoring.

Lawson Fenton finished with 27 saves on 29 Eagles shots.

In addition to Jake Toor's two goals, Owen Stout had a pair of assists.

The Express and Eagles will get re-acquainted when the season begins for real next Friday at the South Surrey Arena.

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