Wednesday, December 18, 2019


Three first period goals in a span of 1:33 was more than enough to carry the Express to their 12th straight win by a 4-1 score over Prince George to head into the Christmas break with a 31-5 record. Click here for boxscore

AP Austin Fraser got the party started for the Express by tipping a Addison Macey shot past Carter Woodside for his first BCHL goal in his 3rd game as a call up.

That was just the start of the fun. Fraser's goal was followed 25 seconds later by Ethan O'Rourke driving to the net and tucking home his 11th of the season. The goal was very similar to his power move against Wenatchee recently and his power game makes him untouchable when he gets going with speed. O'Rourke is riding a 6 game point streak with 7 goals and 4 assists for 11 points.

Then with the Express on the powerplay Cooper Connell capped off the three goal eruption converting a cross ice pass from Greg Lapointe for his 9th of the season.

The chances kept coming for the Express in the second period. But it was the fisticuffs that were the highlights. First it was Christian MacDougall dropping the gloves with Carter Cochrane. That was following a few minutes later with Brad Ong having a go with Cole Leal.

Wednesday's game was the Express first school day game of the year and those were the moments that really got the 1000+ kids in attendance riled up.

Nick Bochen broke Clay Stevenson's shutout with with a wrist shot over his shoulder early in the third. Stevenson finished with 25 saves to extend his personal winning streak to 14 games. He's allowed two goals or less in 13 of those contests.

Cooper Connell capped off his third consecutive two point night taking a Greg Lapointe pass and walking in on a breakaway and roofing a shot over Woodside's glove to cap off the scoring.

The Express were shorthanded 7 times in this game, That includes a pair of occasions where they were short for double minors. But the penalty killing got back to it's high level that has carried them to the BCHL's top penalty killing unit shutting down Prince George each time.

Heading into the Christmas break the Express will carry a 12 game winning streak. One off tying the franchise record of 13. They're 20-0 at home and have won 21 straight home games dating back to last season.

They will return to action on December 28th with a visit to Chilliwack. 

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