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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SPRUCE KINGS EDGE EXPRESS

Prince George opened up a 3-0 Click here for box score second period lead and wound up holding on for a 3-2 win over the Express Wednesday night.

Colton Kerfoot scored both goals for the Express in the losing cause.

The first period saw Prince George jump on the Express testing Chris Tai with the first 8 shots of the game. Jake Lebrun broke the ice when he snapped home a pass from Jeremiah Luedtke at the bottom of the right circle. Click here for box score

Prince George expanded their lead on the second period when Justin Rai beat Chris Tai with a wrist shot to the stick side from the left wing. Five minutes later Chad Staley gave the Spruce Kings a 3-0 lead converting a great back pass from behind the net by Luedtke.

Looking for a spark it came from rookie Colton Kerfoot. He struck for a pair of goals in the final six minutes of the second period to cut the lead down to one heading to the third period. Kerfoot's first goal came off the deflection of a Cole Bevan point shot. His second saw him alone at the side of the net where he snapped home a pass from Brett Supinski.

Three Express penalties cut into the time the Express could have used to attempt a comeback in the third period. The Express penalty killers did a good job to kill off the penalties to keep the Express only down a goal.

The final shots saw Prince George outshoot the Express 32-21. Spruce Kings goaltender Jesse Jenks just needed to be steady in the Spruce Kings crease en route to posting the win. Chris Tai also looked solid in his first Express start with 29 saves.

Both teams take on Langley next with Prince George visiting the LEC Thursday and the Rivermen coming to Coquitlam for the first of a home and home Friday.

Monday, October 27, 2014

KERFOOT TO HARVARD PART 2.

 As we learned over the weekend Colton Kerfoot has committed to Harvard University for the fall of 2016. Below is the official release from the Express.

The Coquitlam Express of the BCHL are proud to announce that Express Forward Colton Kerfoot has committed to the Harvard Crimson Hockey Team for 2016.

Kerfoot who joined the Express in their playoff run last season, after his season with the Vancouver Giants major midget team,  has started this year with a solid start posting 4 goals and 3 assists in 15 games.

Kerfoot says he is excited for the opportunity for the academics that Harvard offers and a chance to play NCAA division one hockey.

Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff,  we are extremely excited and Proud of Colton.

To attend Harvard is a huge achievement for any one, Harvard is getting  is a hard working, skilled first class hockey player.

Colton will play with older brother Alexander during his senior season. Alexander is also is an Express alum playing two seasons with the Express from 2011 to 2013. Alexander was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 5th round in 2012.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

RIVERMEN FLOOD EXPRESS EARLY AND OFTEN

The Langley Rivermen put five goals on the board in the first period on Brayden Krogfoss en route to a 6-1 win over the Express.

The goals came early and often in the first period for Langley. Evan Anderson got things started by scoring on the first shot of the game with a wrister from the left circle that beat Krogfoss over the glove at 1:29.

Rookie Justin Szeto scored his second of the season for a 2-0 Langley lead letting a shot fly from the slot at 6:14.

Poor defensive breakdowns and Langley players being left to their lonesome was a consistent theme of the first period.

27 seconds after Szeto's goal Kevan Killistoff found himself all alone in the circle and took a pass out from behind the net and snapped it through the legs of Krogfoss.

Killistoff added his second of the period at 17:42 on the power play as a quick pass from the slot to the goal line to Ben Butcher who slid it to the Langley captain who had a tap in from the goal crease for a 4-0 Langley lead.

I'm sure frustrated by the start to the period for Brayden Krogfoss had an impact on the 5th Langley goal as Zac Masson scored from well out on a wrist shot for a 5-0 lead with just over a minute remaining.

Newcomer Chris Tai wasn't expected to play for the Express this weekend but he was thrust into action for the start of the second period following the 5 goal on 11 shot first period for the Rivermen.
There wasn't much to report from the final 40 minutes of the game that had much of an impact on the final score.

Tai was solid in his 40 minutes of action turning aside 20 of the 21 shots sent his way. The only goal to beat him was a slap shot by newly re-acquired Charlie Pelnik who pinched in from the point and hammered the puck home for a 6-0 lead on the only goal of the second period.

Brett Supinski broke Bo Didur's shutout bid in the third period with a a power play goal.
Other than that, it was a pretty routine night for the Langley net minder who wasn't overly tested turning aside 32 of 33 shots for his fourth win of the season.

Up next for the Express is a Wednesday night home game vs. Prince George.

KERFOOT TO HARVARD

Forward Colton Kerfoot has committed to Harvard University for the fall of 2016.
He will join his older brother Alexander who will be a senior at the prestigious Ivy League school when the younger Kerfoot begins his college career.
So far in his first full season in the BCHL Colton has 4 goals and 3 assists for 7 points in 15 games.
Congratulations Colton.

EXPRESS DOMINANT IN 3RD WIN OF THE SEASON

It was far and away their most complete and dominant game of the season in a season to date that hasn't had too many.

The Express picked up their third win of the season winning 5-2 in Surrey Friday night.

It started right from the drop of the puck and pretty much carried through most of the night. The Express were fast, forcing turnovers and making Surrey play with their heads on a swivel.

Great forechecking pressure resulted in Eagle turnovers deep in their own zone which quickly turned into Express scoring chances.

Corey Mackin scored twice for the Express with both goals coming in the first period. His first goal coming at 7:34 after some quick passes and a tap in past Christian Short.

Mackin's second of the night came at 15:20 as he banged home the rebound of Daniel Fritz point shot.

In a period that saw nearly everything go right for the Express including outshooting Surrey 18-2 in the period, the only downside was losing Jackson Cressey in the period after he was high sticked which didn't result in a power play. Cressey didn't return to the game.

The second period was much like the first, all Express.

Jivan Sidhu scored his first Express goal on a point shot that deflected off a Surrey player past Chrisitian Short for a 3-0 lead at 5:34.

Brett Supinski scored his 11th of the season from the slot for a 4 goal Express advantage at 13:59.

It was at that point you began to wonder if a second puck was needed on the ice for the Eagles to play with because the Express owned the one that was in play. The shots at one point were 34-4 in favor of the Express. And keep in mind this game was played in Surrey so it was the Eagles game day staff that was keeping track of shots on goal.

Brayden Krogfoss... Oh yes him. He was an after thought for most of the first 35 minutes of the game. He finally started to get a little work for the Express late in the second period.

Darius Davidson got Surrey on the board with the man advantage scoring from the side of the net past a sprawled out Krogfoss who had no chance on the play.

Then in the final minute of the second period Joe Drapluk sprinted into the Express zone and beat Krogfoss to make it a 4-2 game heading into the final twenty.

The goal gave Surrey a little life going into the third period but they were never really able to build on it.

Joey Santucci capped off a 50-16 shot advantage on the night for the Express by scoring an empty net goal in the final minute to put the game to bed.

The Express travel to the Langley Events Saturday for the second meeting of the season with the Langley Rivermen.

NOTES:

Newly acquired Chris Tai backed up Krogfoss Friday.

The Express have also added (96) Defenceman Cole Bevan who has 19 games WHL experience mostly with Swift Current and Saskatoon. He made his Express debut Friday. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CHIEFS @ EXPRESS HIGHLIGHTS

Here's the highlights of Friday's 5-3 Chilliwack win over the Express.



Highlights courtesy of Jorge Parra and Underdog Productions.

EXPESS ADD GOALTENDER TAI

Christopher Tai battles Fort McMurray during last year's AJHL playoffs.
It's no surprise with the start the Express have had that changes were coming to a team with a record of 2-9-0-2 riding a six game losing streak and having allowed the most goals of any team in the BCHL with 62 in the process.

The first change came with the addition of Jivan Sidhu earlier this season. Then a few more have come with the addition of 20 year old defenceman Dustin Cave from Sherwood Park (AJHL) for future considerations over the weekend. That move giving the Express their first blue liner that has the year (94) on his birth certificate.

Now the Express have acquired goaltender Christopher Tai (95) from the Lloydminster Bobcats of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations.

The soon to be 19 year old Delta native has split time with the WHL and AJHL. He has a 5-6 record in the WHL with Medicine Hat, Brandon and Lethbridge and posted a 4.54 GAA and .867 save percentage. Most recently his WHL rights belonged to Kelowna.

Last season in Lloydminster he posted a 4-3 record in 7 games with a 2.24 GAA and .911 save percentage with one shutout. He had a nice run in the playoffs last year positing a 6-4 mark in 10 games with a 2.29 GAA and .919 save percentage with 2 shutouts.

If you want to see some of Christopher Tai's work last year Click here to be taken to the Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) Youtube page and look for game highlights between Fort McMurray and Lloydminster in last years playoffs.

Welcome to the Express Christopher.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

EXPRESS DROP OT HEART BREAKER IN SURREY

Chase McMurphy's deflection goal in overtime handed the Express a heart breaking 4-3 set back to the Surrey Eagles. In a game the Express played well enough to win they still ended up being on the wrong side of the final score and the team has now lost six straight contests picking up just one point in those six games with the loss in the extra session Sunday.

This weekend the Express saw themselves fall behind in the first period in each of their three games. Darius Davidson put the Express in an early hole just over two minutes when he beat Pierce Dushenko with a wrist shot from the right wing that beat him past the blocker.

Late in the opening frame the Express got a lift from killing off a 5 on 3 Eagles power play that lasted 1:25. Dushenko came up with one of his best saves of the season to keep the Express down a goal as he reached back and swatted a puck away that was headed for the net.

Then in the final minute the Express evened things up on the fourth goal of the season by Daniel Fritz who scored on a wrist shot that rang off the post and in past Eagles goaltender Christian Short.

Ben Vikich put Surrey in the lead for the second time at 7:39 when he found a loose puck at the side of the net and slid it home. The middle period however did belong to the Express. They set the tempo and were the better team on the ice. They were rewarded for their play at 19:59 of the period when Daniell Lange scored at the start of power play by going straight forward on the draw surprising everybody in the building including yours truly. The goal was Lange's first of the season.

The visitors took their lone lead of the game less than four minutes into the third period as Jivan Sidhu fired a great pass up to Corey Mackin to spring a 2 on 1 where Mackin slid it across to Brett Supinski who scored his 10th of the season for a 3-2 Express lead.

The lead only lasted 2:17 when Joe Drapluk was able to jam a puck under the pad of Dushenko. So it was off to overtime for the second time for the Express this season.

The game was decided at 3:16 of the first OT after Surrey won a draw in the Express zone and Brian Drapluk's shot hit Chase McMurphy and trickled home. The loss was a pretty devastating one for the Express to take considering how hard they played. Can't help but feel for Pierce Dushenko who saw his record fall to 0-7 on the season. The deeply dejected look he had on the ice following the game was understandable considering he played well enough to get his first win of the season. His teammates understood as well how hard he took the loss and made sure to console him on the ice following another loss.

On special teams the Express finished 1 for 4 to improve their BCHL's best power play mark. The penalty killing had it's second perfect night in the last three outings killing off all six Surrey advantages.

The win saw Surrey improve to three points clear of the Express for fourth place in the Mainland division standings. Both sides will go at it again Friday night again in the South Surrey Arena.