Friday, December 13, 2019


The Coquitlam Express have matched a regular season franchise record with their 10th straight win with a 4-2 decision in Prince George. The streak matches the Express regular season record set during the 06-07 season when the team was located in Burnaby. Click here for boxscore

Steven Bellini opened the scoring for the Express just under 4 minutes into the game blasting home a slapshot assisted by Will Margel and Ethan O'Rourke.

That goal sparked a back and forth first period. Mason Waite tied things up for Prince George for a powerplay goal blasting a slapshot past Clay Stevenson to even things at one.

Injuries resulted in the Express dressing three AP's Casey Whintors, Jeremy Hanzel and Nolan Wall. It was Whintors on a two on one who made a great play sliding a pass over to Will Margel to convert giving the Express a brief 2-1 lead.

The briefness of that lead was just 46 seconds as Prince George tied it at two on a rebound goal in close by Nolan Welsh sliding the puck past Clay Stevenson.

The Express elevated their game peppering the Prince George net with 17 shots in the second period. 11 minutes into the frame Preston Brodziak hit Steven Bellini from behind resulting in a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for Brodziak. Bellini meanwhile wouldn't return to the contest putting more of the work load on an already thin defence.

One of those guys taking on more work was captain Drew Cooper. Earlier in the day it was announced that he had committed to Ferris State University. On the ensuing powerplay he blasted home his 7th of the season giving the Express their 3rd lead of the game at 3-2. The powerplay finished 1 for 3.

The third period saw the Express dig in with a short blueline and forward group protecting the one goal lead. They could finally breathe with just over a minute left in the third period when Greg Lapointe found a loose puck in front of the net sliding it past Jett Alexander.

Clay Stevenson shut the door in the final 40 minutes with 13 saves to extend his personal winning streak to 13.

The Express franchise record for consecutive wins is 13 set during the 2005-06 season with that run split over the end of the regular season and into the playoffs.

The weekend set with the Spruce Kings resumes Saturday night up north. 

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