Saturday, November 12, 2016


The Express entered the first meeting of the season with the Chilliwack Chiefs with just 14 skaters, 9 forwards and 5 defensemen. By the end of the night the Express finished with 12 skaters, 8 forwards and 4 defensemen. The final result saw the Chilliwack Chiefs cruise to a 9-1 win in the first meeting of the season between the two teams. Click here for boxscore

The first period saw the Express generate some of their better chances of the night, Sam Kozlowski set up Cal Babych for a one timer that was stopped off the rush by Chiefs goaltender Mark Sinclair. Plus Christian Bosa cut in from the right wing using his speed then cut to the net only to lose control of the puck as he tried to sweep it home.

Kale Kane opened the scoring for Chilliwack by cutting across the middle in the Express zone and his shot deflected off an Express defender and in trickled past Reid Cooper. Then a poor decision to throw the puck up the middle of the ice was picked off by Aaron O'Neill who quickly set up Jake Smith in front of the Express net who roofed a backhand for a 2-0 Chilliwack lead after the first period.

Chiefs captain Jordan Kawaguchi carried on his career torment of the Express early in the second period taking a Kohen Olischefski pass and out waiting Cooper before sliding home a backhand for a 3-0 Chilliwack lead.

For Head Coach Barry Wolff and the rest of the Express they just can't seem to catch a break when it comes to injuries. Defenseman Dominic Masellis only played the first period. Then captain Luca Leone left the game five minutes into the second period when he collided knee on knee with Tommy Lee. The veteran forward tried to will himself as best he could to stay in the game for his team that desperately needs bodies but his knee just wouldn't allow him. He tried his best to walk off and skate off the effects of the collision to no avail.

It was at this point the impact of the depleted Express took over the game. Josh Borynec, Will Calverly and Jordan Kawaguchi a second time scored and it was 6-0 through two periods.

The third period saw the Chiefs get goals from Tommy Lee, Connor McCarthy and Davis Bunz.

Cal Babych scored the lone Express marker from a sharp angle sliding the puck under the pad of a surprised Mark Sinclair.

The shots finished 53-18 in favour of Chilliwack. Chiefs captain Jordan Kawaguchi finished with two goals and an assist. 7 other players had multi point nights. And only 4 Chiefs players didn't register a point.

The Express are now winless in their last 8 games (0-7-1). The Express return home to host the Penticton Vees and Chilliwack Cheifs next weekend. 

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