It was 212 days since the Express last played a game. Friday night, like 212 days ago the Express were victorious as they defeated the Langley Rivermen 6-1 to open the extended exhibition.
Greg Lapointe who led the Express in scoring a year ago, opened the scoring with a snap shot from the right wing through the pads of Brandon Milberg.
The game really began to break open in the second period. Ryan Tattle took a feed from Jackson Hughes and extended the Express lead to 2-0 with their second poewrplay goal of the night.
Dante Berrettoni broke in from the right wing snapping a wrist shot past the pad of Milberg for a 3-0 lead.
Lapointe then added his 2nd of the night on a good play to stay onside then finish on a breakaway to make it 4-0 Express heading to the third period.
31 seconds into the final frame Danny Pearson snapped the third powerplay goal for the Express past Ajeet Gundarah who started the third period between the pipes for Langley.
James Bohn capped off the scoring coming out of the penalty box and taking a Greg Lapointe pass and finishing on the backhand to make it 6-0. Greg Lapointe had two goals and two assists.
Joe Howe had his shutout bid denied with just over three minutes left in the third period by Ryan Helliwell. Howe finished with 32 saves in the Express crease.
The teams will meet again Saturday night in Chilliwack for the second game of the extended exhibition.