Tuesday, February 27, 2018


EXPRESS – 15-38-1-4, 35PTS, 5th in Mainland, 16th in BCHL
VEES – 40-12-3-3, 86PTS, 1st in Interior, 1st in BCHL
Vees 2-0
Feb. 14 @ PEN 7-1 Vees
Feb. 16 @ CQ 5-1 Vees
EXPRESS - 1-8-1-0
VEES - 7-2-0-1
EXPRESS – GF 138, 17TH Avg. 2.37
GA – 210, 13TH Avg. 3.62, Diff. -72, 15th
VEES – GF 216, T-3RD Avg. 3.72
GA 130, 2nd, Avg. 2.24, Diff. +86, 2nd
PP – 14.7% - 15th
PK – 81.7% - 10th
PP – 22% - 3rd
PK – 86.1% - 1st

Photo courtesy of Damon James
VEES 5-3-4
Eric Linell – 58GP, 28G, 18A, 46PTS
Josh Wildauer – 56GP, 11G, 23A, 34PTS
Sam Kozlowski – 55GP, 8G, 22A, 30PTS
Troy Robillard – 58GP, 5G, 21A, 26PTS
Christian Sanda – 55GP, 9G, 15A, 24PTS
Owen Sillinger – 55GP, 32G, 34A, 66PTS
Jonny Tychonick – 47GP, 9G, 37A, 46PTS
Taylor Ward – 45GP, 21G, 22A, 43PTS
Dakota Boutin – 47GP, 20G, 18A, 38PTS
Massimo Rizzo – 49GP, 12G, 24A, 36PTS
Brock Hamm – 27GP, 10-14-3, 1SO, 2.90 GAA, .911 Sv.%
Clay Stevenson – 23GP, 4-16-0, 3.89 GAA, .885 Sv.%
Adam Scheel – 45GP, 29-12-3, 3SO, 2.08 GAA, .927 Sv.%
Nolan Hildebrand – 19GP, 11-3-0, 2.42 GAA, .910 Sv.%
Jack MacNab – 2G, 0A 2PTS
Sam Kozlowski – 0G, 1A, 1PT
Jack Lippis – 0G, 1A, 1PT
Troy Robillard – 0G, 1A, 1PT
Owen Sillinger – 3G, 3A, 6PTS
Wyatt Sloboshan – 1G, 2A, 3PTS
Nick Leivermann – 1G, 2A, 3PTS
Ryan Sandelin – 2G, 0A, 2PTS
7 others Tied w/ 2PTS
Clay Stevenson – 0-1, 7.00 GAA, .837 Sv.% 36/43
Brock Hamm – 0-1, 5.17 GAA, .852 Sv.%
Adam Scheel – 2-0, 1.00 GAA, .947 Sv.%
CQ PP – 1/7 – 14.2%
PEN PK – 6/7 – 85.8%
PEN PP – 2/4 - 50%
CQ PK – 2/4 - 50%

Monday, February 26, 2018


Check out some of the best Express hits from the 2017-18 season.

Video produced by Eddie Gregory.


Here's the list of the Express award winners for the 2017-18 at their annual banquet.


He was acquired by the Express in November in a trade with the Powell River Kings. In 38 games with the Express this season he provided 8 goals and 5 assists for 13 points.


As a graduating 20 year old Lawerence played an even 100 regular season games in an Express uniform. He was recognized for his contribution to the community for the Express who are very committed to giving back to the Coquitlam area.


Led the Express with 28 goals and 46 points during the 2017-18 season. He committed to the University of Connecticut for the 2018-19 season.


Schulting led Express blue liners with 7 goals and was second among defensemen in points with 24. He is committed to UMass-Lowell.

UNSUNG HERO: Landon Fuller

Had his rights acquired by the Express in January of 2017 and played 38 games this season bringing a physical element to the blueline.

TOP DEFENSEMAN: Troy Robillard

The 3rd year blue liner dressed in all 58 games this season and was the top scoring defenseman with 26 points and playing many minutes against the opposition's best players.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Joshua Wildauer

Led all Express players with 23 assists and was second in overall scoring with 34 points.

MVP: Brock Hamm & Eric Linell

Hamm posted 10 wins and 1 shutout following his mid-season acquisition. He posted a 2.91 GAA with 1 shutout. His .911 save percentage was 11th in the BCHL.

Linell's 28 goals were 8th best in the BCHL. He had 4 game winning goals including two in overtime.

3 STARS AWARD: Eric Linell

Awarded to the player with the most inclusions in the post game 3 stars.


Wong split the season as a forward and a defenseman. His versatility and physicality made him a very popular player in the room and among fans.


Along the way to becoming the co-winner of the MVP Brock Hamm had plenty of excellent games with key saves to back stop the Express to victory.

Sunday, February 25, 2018


Highlights of the Express regular season concluding 2-2 tie with Langley Friday.

Highlights produced by Eddie Gregory.

Saturday, February 24, 2018


Jake Toor delivers a big hit.
Photo courtesy of Garrett James
The regular season came to an end Friday night for the Express concluding a home and home with the Langley Rivermen. It was a dramatic finish to the regular season with a entertaining 2-2 tie.
Click here for boxscore

Langley is fighting with the Chilliwack Chiefs and Surrey Eagles for home ice in the first round of the playoffs. Meanwhile the Express are playing out the string while they await to learn who their first round opponent will be which is the team that finishes first in the Interior division.

To start the game the visitors played with a desperation of a team trying to secure home ice. They were fast, moving the puck quickly with authority and they peppered Brock Hamm opening an early 6-0 advantage in shots.

Hamm stood tall until the Express were able to start turning the game in their favour.

Penalties to Jordan Dawson and Colin Bernard gave the Express a two man advantage. It didn't take long for them to strike. Jonny Sheardown rushed the puck into Langley's zone and dished on the right wing to Ryan Stack who walked in and ripped a wrist shot past Braedon Fleming to open the scoring on Stack's second goal in an Express uniform. Brock Hamm picked up the second assist on the play.

Colby Pederson & Eric Linell - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
That goal got the Express going and by the end of the first period the shots were nearly even. In the final minute Stack and Josh Wildauer worked the puck deep in the Rivermen zone. Eventually Stack set up Wildauer who fired a shot over the shoulder of Fleming for a 2-0 Express lead after 20 minutes.

Langley picked their game up again in the second period. They broke through just past the 5 minute mark when John Wojciechowski from the high slot executed a crafty deflection form the high slot of a Alec Capstick slap shot over Brock Hamm's shoulder to cut the Express lead to 2-1.

Angus Crookshank evened things up on a Rivermen power play that saw them move the puck around in the Express zone, Eventually Sean Gulka found Crookshank alone in the slot and he beat Hamm on a backhand to even things up at 2 after 40 minutes.

The teams played it pretty tight in the third period and nothing was decided after 60 minutes. Friday's game was the 3rd straight visit by Langley this season that went to overtime.

The extra session started with a bang. As Eric Linell was rushing the puck up the ice, behind the play Doug Scott got tangled up with Rivermen captain Brendan Budy and they both dropped the gloves. For Scott it was his third fight against Langley this season after having previous tilts with Sean Gulka and Nik Ponak.

Scott was given an extra two minutes for instigating.

On the power play Brock Hamm made some of his best saves of the night. That included coming to his left for his best save of the night on a Angus Crookshank one timer.

Jack MacNab - Photo courtesy of Garrett James
The Express scratched 5 regulars allowing for three AP's to dress. Cody Hough got another game for the Express on the blueline. He had one of the better chances in 4 on 4 OT jumping into a rush and tipping a pass just wide of the goal on a 2 on 1.

As usual things opened up when the teams went down to 3 on 3. Devon Mussio had the best chance for either side to win it. Eric Linell cut to the net and was stopped, then the puck was just sitting in front of the Langley net for seemingly an eternity and Mussio pounced on it and put a shot off the intersection of the post and cross bar.

The shots finished 32-27 in favor of Langley. The tight season series between the teams saw the Express finish with a 3-3-2 record vs. Langley.

Penticton plays Wenatchee Saturday night. A Vees win will secure top spot in the Interior division and a first round matchup with the Express. The single point for Langley opens up a two point lead on Surrey and Chilliwack for second place and home ice advantage.

The playoffs for the Express will begin on the road next Friday. 

Monday, February 19, 2018


Highlights of Langley's 3-1 win over the Express Sunday afternoon.

Highlights produced by Eddie Gregory. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018


The Express peppered Langley goaltender Braedon Fleming with 37 shots, but despite numerous grade A chances they were only able to beat him once in a 3-1 loss in Langley. Click here for boxscore

Before the Express began their barrage, Brendan Budy opened the scoring racing down the left wing and picking the top corner on Clay Stevenson just 1:11 into the game.

Down a goal the Express started to generate their chances. Haydn Delorme and Jack MacNab had rebound chances on an Express power play but couldn't beat Fleming. For MacNab this was the start of an unfortunate day as he had most of the best chances for the Express Sunday.

Moments later a shot from the left wing was stopped by Fleming and rebound came right to MacNab who was stoned by Fleming who fired out his glove hand. The Langley goaltender was leaving plenty of rebounds in front of the net, but the Express weren't able to find those loose pucks and jam them home. The first period shots finished 16-9 in favor of the Express.

As is usually the case between the Express and Rivermen, the game had a bit of a testy element to it. Haydn Delorme had his battles with Brady Berger among others and the Express forward saw his helmet spend more time on the ice than on his head as he was engaged in the physical aspect of the game.

The chances for the Express carried into the second period. Again Jack MacNab was robbed on a rebound chance by Braedon Fleming.

Then the game turned in a span of 52 seconds. Following some Langley puck control in the Express zone, the puck found Spencer Berry at the blueline whose seeing eye shot zipped over Stevenson's shoulder for a 2-0 Langley lead.

That goal rattled the Express a little and moments later it was Brady Berger powering the puck to the Express net and burying his own rebound for a 3-0 Rivermen advantage.

Those goals took some of the wind out of the sails of the Express. They weren't able to generate as many top notch chances as frequently before the two goals in 52 seconds.

One of the final chances for the Express in the second period saw Eric Linell ring a shot off the goal post.

In the third period Colby Pederson put a shot off the cross bar that had Fleming sprawling in an effort to make the save.

Eric Linell thought he had scored on a bang bang play at the side of the Rivermen net. And to cap things off Jack MacNab was robbed for a 4th time on a rebound in front of the net.

Colby Pederson did break the shutout of Fleming to cap off the scoring with 3:15 to play with the goaltender on the bench for the extra attacker.

The Express effort level was strong most of the night and they were the better team, but the Rivermen got the better goaltending. The shots finished 37-30 for the Express.

The regular season schedule for the Express concludes Friday night when they will host Langley in the second half of the home and home.

Langley's win combined with both Surrey and Chilliwack losing Sunday put the Rivermen two points up on both those clubs as they all battle for home ice advantage in a first round series.

As the Express keep an eye on the interior race and their first round opponent, it's still at this point the Penticton Vees who were victorious Sunday to remain two points up on the Vernon Vipers heading into the final week of the regular season.


Highlights of the Express 3-1 win over Prince George Saturday night.

Highlights produced by Eddie Gregory. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018


The Express played one of their more complete outings in recent weeks and came away with a 3-1 win over the Mainland division champion Prince George Spruce Kings. Click here for boxscore

The win snapped a 7 game losing streak for the Express.

Saturday night the Express dug in to play a game that saw them make smart plays in the defensive zone that translated into success in the other end.

In the Express crease Brock Hamm was in fine form. One of his best saves of the first period came on an Express power play to deny Dustin Manz on a shorthanded breakaway.

Late in the first period the Express opened the scoring starting in the defensive zone with Christian Sanda digging out a puck then feeding Eric Linell who fired a stretch pass that only Josh Wildauer could get a stick on then he fought off a Spruce Kings defender and roofed his 10th of the season.

The penalty killing was another aspect of the Express game that was on the mark. They killed off three Prince George powerplays in the first 21 minutes of the game to carry the one goal lead into the opening minutes of the 2nd period. Prince George finished 0 for 5 on the power play.

Colby Pederson did a lot of heavy lifting for the Express to battle for pucks through the night. He made a good play along the wall in the defensive zone to bounce off the glass to himself then rush it into the Spruce Kings zone then fire a perfect pass on the tap of Haydn Delorme racing to the net for a 2-0 Express lead.

The lead stood into the third period. The Express had to contend with a Spruce Kings team that works to control the puck in the offensive zone hoping to lead to breakdowns and chances. From a defensive stand point the Express did a good job of managing the Spruce Kings attack.

With just under 6 to play the Spruce Kings finally broke through when Dylan Anhorn from the blueline found Kyle Johnson alone in front of the Express net and he roofed the puck over a sprawled Hamm to break his shutout.

As the click ticked down the Express did get some shifts in the Spruce Kings end to help tick down the clock.

Then with just over a minute to play and the extra attacker on the ice for Prince George, the Express won a defensive zone draw and rimmed around the boards to centre ice eventually getting into the Prince George end where Christian Sanda sealed the game with a empty net goal. Sanda finished with a goal and an assist.

The Express salvaged the final game of the season series against the Spruce Kings. In fact the Express picked up their first win in two years vs. Prince George. It was Valentines day 2016 the last time the Express defeated the Spruce Kings who were 12-0-1 against the Express dating back to the start of last season.

Sunday the Express will play their final road game of the season with a visit to Langley. It the first game of a home and home with the Express wrapping up the regular season Friday night when they host the Rivermen. 


Highlights from the Vees 5-1 win over the Express Friday night.

Highlights produced by Eddie Gregory. 

Friday, February 16, 2018


Penticton completed a sweep of the Express in a home and home set. They followed up their 7-1 win Wednesday in Penticton with a 5-1 win Friday night in Coquitlam. Click here for boxscore

Like Wednesday's meeting some best scoring chances for the Express came in the first period, just the finish wasn't there. Jack MacNab powered the puck to the net creating a scramble opportunity that Vees goaltender Adam Scheel had to fight hard to keep out.

Cody Hough got the call for a second straight game as an AP on the blueline, like Wednesday he had some impressive moments. He was confidently moving the puck out of the D zone. He also had a good one timer chance.

Penticton opened the scoring on a power play on Nick Leiverman's slapshot that over powered Brock Hamm.

Late in the first period Lukas Sillinger pounced on a loose puck that was sitting in the Express zone and snapped a backhand through Brock Hamm's pads for a 2-0 Vees lead after the first period.

The Vees didn't wait until the third period to ramp up their game to another level.

Cassidy Bowes made it a 3-0 game burying the rebound of Leiverman's slapshot that wired off the glass.

Owen Sillinger followed Wednesday's two goal effort with another Friday. He buried a set up following some good passing in the Express zone for his 30th of the season on the power play. Penticton was 2 for 2 on the power play. The Express were 0 for 3.

Then Sillinger converted the prettiest goal of the night. Sillinger and Chris Klack broke out shorthanded and Black dished a beautiful backhand pass to Sillinger who scored his second of the night for a 5-0 lead after 40 minutes. The Vees outshot the Express 12-1 in the second period.

The game settled into auto pilot in the third period. Jack MacNab broke Scheel's shutout bid with his second goal in as many games with just 1:12 to play to round out the scoring at 5-1.

On a bright note for the Express they secured the final BCHL playoff spot courtesy of Nanaimo's 7-1 win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals. The Express will cross over to the Interior division and face the top seed which at this point will be Penticton.

Saturday night the Express will host the Mainland division champion Prince George Spruce Kings.

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Highlights of the Vees 7-1 win over the Express Wednesday.

Highlights produced by Eddie Gregory. 


In the first of a home and home the Penticton Vees used a five goal third period to pull away from the Express in a 7-1 win. Click here for boxscore

The Express not only had to battle the BCHL's top team, they also had to battle a bug that had inflicted a few players in the room.

Cody Hough was called up from the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs of the BC Major Midget League on the blueline. The AP had a prominent game right off the bat helping create some of the better scoring chances for the Express in the first period. On one particular play he received a pass on the rush and snapped a shot wide.

Ryan Sandelin opened the scoring for the Vees getting go the net to create traffic in front of Clay Stevenson and re-direct a Jonny Tychonick point shot for his 7th of the season.

The shots in the first period were 15-5 for the Vees, but didn't reflect some of the chances the Express were able to create.

Adam Scheel finished with 20 saves on the night. One of his best came on a 2nd period Express power play to deny Josh Wildauer at the side of the Vees net.

Midway through the 2nd period Michael Campoli's shot from the wing was stopped by Clay Stevenson who kicked out a juicy rebound that Owen Sillinger slammed home from the slot for his 28th of the season. The 28 goals for Sillinger matches the total of Express leader Eric Linell.

The Express opened the third period with a power play with Chris Klack serving a interference penalty.

The visitors used the power play to cut into the Vees lead early in the third period. Jack MacNab re-directed a Troy Robillard point shot at the :58 second mark.

Down a goal in the third for the Express created the hope that a comeback was plausible for the Express.

It didn't take long for the Vees to absolutely crush those hopes.

Just under 4 minutes later Ryan Sandelin scored his second of the night beating Stevenson with a wrist shot from the right wing. It's at this point the Vees put the game to bed.

Kenny Johnson scored his first of the season from the left wing on a shot that changed directions on a skate to make it 4-1 just over three minute later.

Owen Sillinger then walked out of the corner and roofed a shot for a 5-1 Vees lead on Sillenger's 2nd of the night.

56 seconds later the Express got a double whammy. Taylor Ward scored on a wrist shot to make it 6-1. Also on the play Josh Bruce went down on a knee one knee collision with a Vees player. The Express forward was in a fair amount of discomfort as he needed help to get off the ice.

Wyatt Sloboshan capped off a run of 5 goals in 10:22 for the Vees to round out the scoring.

The final shots finished 42-21 in favour of Penticton. The loss extended the Express losing streak to 6.

The teams meet again Friday night in Coquitlam in the second half of the home and home. 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Troy Robillard - Photo courtesy of Damon James
Salmon Arm struck three times in the first 12 minutes of the game and never looked back en route to a 5-2 win over the Express. Click here for boxscore

The key deciding moment of this game came just 1:55 into the contest. Lucas Wong hit Salmon Arm's Max Wutzke from behind sending the defenseman crashing into the boards spreading his legs on contact. Wutzke was shaken up on the play and didn't return.

Right upon the start of the power play the Silverbacks started generating quality chances.

They capitalized on the powerplay just 22 seconds into it on a goal from Tanner Campbell who found a loose puck at the side of the Express net.

Justin Wilson scored Salmon Arm's second power play goal on the Wong major penalty taking a cross ice feed and snapping a shot past the stick of Brock Hamm for a 2-0 Silverbacks lead.

By this point the Silverbacks had opened up a 10-0 advantage in shots.

The Express didn't register their first shot until the 8 mark of the first period against former teammate Reid Cooper. The Silverbacks goaltender faced his former mates for the first time since he was traded by the Express to Salmon Arm in November in exchange for future considerations. Since that trade Cooper has secured himself a commitment to Robert Morris University.

Haydn Delorme - Photo courtesy of Damon James
The early 2-0 lead gave Salmon Arm a boost that allowed them to play a quick game when the play returned to 5 on 5.

Grayson Constable wired a slap shot from the right wing for a 3-0 Silverbacks lead at 12:43.

The fortunes for the Express didn't change much in the second period. Riley Hayles beat Brock Hamm with a slap shot that pinged in off the goal post for a 4-0 lead at 7:03. That goal chased Brock Hamm after 4 goals on 19 shots.

Clay Stevenson was welcomed to the game by the first shot he faced finding the back of the net. Hudson Schandor snapped a shot from the boards for his 9th of the season.

The Express needed a Miracle on Manchester type comeback entering the 3rd period. The Express were only able to complete 40% of the comeback.

They got a pair of power play goals to cut the lead down to 5-2. Jordan Schulting buried a rebound for his 7th of the season at 7:44. Then Eric Linell rounded out the scoring re-directing a Troy Robillard point shot for his 28th of the season at 12:00.

The Express finished with 28 shots sent towards their former teammate Reid Cooper who posted his 7th win in 13 games with the Silverbacks.

This weekend the Express visit Prince George for a pair of games Friday and Saturday. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Monday BCHL Commissioner John Grisdale announced that the 2017-18 season would be his final in his role.

I had a lengthy conversation with him to reflect on his time in his position with the BCHL.

Friday, February 2, 2018


Highlights from the Express 6-0 win in Surrey Wednesday afternoon.

Highlights produced by Eddie Gregory. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018


The Express had a season high of 5 power play goals en route to a 6-0 win over the Surrey Eagles. Click here for boxscore

Brock Hamm made 41 saves to post his first shutout in an Express uniform.

It was the fourth meeting between the teams in just under three weeks. The last time the teams met the Express fell by a 4-1 score in Surrey nearly two weeks ago.

In that meeting the Eagles got off to a quick start, and the Express never really clawed their way back in it.

Wednesday it was a much better start for the Express. The power play got things going 5 minutes into the game on a wrist shot by Jonathan Sheardown for his first BCHL goal to open the scoring. Sheardown's shot completely destroyed the water bottle of Eagles goaltender Daniel Davidson. Sheardown's goal was the first time in 6 games the Express scored first.

Surrey looked for the equalizer and quickly learned that Express goaltender Brock Hamm was dialed in. His best save in the first period came off a one timer by Ryan Brushett in the slot.

Josh Wildauer tallied the second power play goal for the Express finding a loose puck in the crease and poking it home for a 2-0 Express lead. Jonathan Sheardown picked up his second point of the night with an assist on the goal. Jack Lippis had helpers on both first period power play goals.

The Eagles got the first two powerplays of the second period which would have helped their cause to get back into the game. But they struggled to generate much due to the strong play of the Express penalty killers. Jack MacNab at times did good work using his size and strength to protect the puck and kill time off the Surrey powerplays.

Then the power play continued to pile up the goals for the Express. Jordan Schulting's shot from left point was knocked down in front of the net and with both Josh Wildauer and Will Lawerence in front of the net it was the former who swiped it home for his second of the game and a 3-0 Express lead.

In the third period Surrey was trying hardest to jam pucks to the net to find a way to get a puck past Brock Hamm, but he wasn't going to be beat on Thursday. Surrey's dynamic duo of Johnny Wesley and Ty Westgard were kept in check all throughout the contest.

Then the Express pulled away from their opponent. Landon Fuller kept the puck in the Surrey zone and gave the puck to Jack MacNab who cut to the net and roofed a shot past Davidson.

Finally the power play put the finishing touches on the lopsided win. Will Lawerence converted a set up at the lip of the Eagles crease to make it 5-0. Then in the final minute Christian Sanda buried a rebound for the 5th power play goal for the Express.

December 16th, 2011 was the last time the Express scored 5 power play goals in a game. That night the Express defeated the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 8-2. Thursday's performance is still no where close to the franchise record for power play goals in a game which is 8 which was achieved on September 16, 2006 at Langley.

Jordan Schulting finished with 4 assists, that comes one day after committing to UMass Lowell. Josh Wildauder had two goals and an assist and Will Lawerence had one goal and two assists.

The Express will continue their road trip Friday night in Wenatchee. Then head to Trail Saturday night.