Saturday, September 10, 2016


Coming off a season opening game that saw both teams fill the net between the Express and Eagles, the next night out it would only be one team filling the net as the Langley Rivermen handed the Express a 8-1 loss.

Nick Ponak got the offense rolling for Langley converting a pass out from behind the net from Zac Masson who stole the puck from Express goaltender Lawson Fenton.

The Express had their chances in the opening period to pull even with three powerplays but they couldn't convert on any of them.

Late in the first period just seconds after a Langley power play expired Max Kaufman buried a cross crease pass from Ryan Barrow for a 2-0 Langley lead after 20 minutes.

Langley's onslaught really got going in the opening half of the second period. Kaufman added his second of the night one minute into the period coming off the boards and snapping a shot past Fenton.

That was followed by goals from Brendan Budy and Gavin Payne and by the 5 minute mark of the period it was 5-0 Rivermen. And Lawson Fenton's night was done after 5 goals on 19 shots.

Rookie Reid Cooper was then thrown to the wolves and was welcomed to the game by goals from Cooper Leitch and Satchel Clendenin for a 7-0 Rivermen lead by the 8:33 mark of the second period.

Rookie Sam Kozlowski showed some nice hands scoring the lone goal of the night for the Express beating Bo Didur with a wrist shot from the slot on the power play.

To the Express' credit they didn't just go through the motions entering the third period down by 6.

They created numerous chances throughout the period. Most notably Kozlowski was robbed at the side of the net by Bo Didur as he made a bid for his second of the night. The Express fired 16 third period shots.

After the initial shock of being beaten twice, Express goaltender Reid Cooper really settled down and shut the door until he was finally beat late in the third period on a deflection by Trevor Ayre with less than 90 seconds left to round out the scoring.

Next week the Express will stay on the road with a visit to Vernon and Salmon Arm. 

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