Saturday, January 24, 2015


Brett Supinski had his second consecutive hat-trick and Chris Tai finished with 40 saves as the Express knocked off the Vernon Vipers 5-4 in the second meeting in a week between the two teams. Click here for boxscore

Vernon looked to pick up right where they left off when they knocked off the Express last Saturday when they fired 59 shots. The first period five minutes looked similar as they jumped on Coquitlam. Colton McCarthy scoring on a wrap around and Thomas Aldworth with a wrist shot from the left wing got the Vipers off on the right foot in the first five minutes.

As quickly as the Vipers started, the Express responded in kind. Brett Supinski started his big night by getting the Express on the board just 32 seconds after Aldworth's goal by snapping a quick shot through the legs of Danny Todosychuk. That was followed just over five minutes later on a goal by Brendan Lamont with a wrist shot over Todosychuk's glove.

 The top line of Corey Mackin, Brett Supinski and Brendan Lamont all had a hand in the first two Express goals.

Penalty killing had been taking it's lumps for the Express in recent outings. But it had a big impact on helping the Express get the two points. They killed off all 5 Vernon power plays. Their best work came in the first period on a 51 second Vernon 5 on 3. And two Vernon power plays in the third period with the Express protecting the lead.

As the second period began, Chris Tai's best work began to come to the forefront. The ice would become very heavily shifted towards the Express net in the final two periods but Tai rose to the challenge. He turned aside 20 of 21 Vernon shots in the middle period. The only goal to beat him in the second was Liam Finlay's first of two on the night.

Two goals for the Express in the final minutes of the second period gave them a 4-3 lead heading to the third period. Jackson Cressey finished off a couple of great passes by Brett Supinski and Corey Mackin for a power play goal to tie the game at three. Then in the final minute of the period Corey Mackin put the puck on a tee for Supinski who bombed away for his second of the night.  That goal gave BCHL scoring leader Corey Mackin 80 points on the season. He finished the night with a season high five assists. Supinski hit the 70 point mark with his late second period goal. They now have 81 and 71 points respectively.

Supinski then completed his second consecutive hat-trick and third three goal game of the season with a shot through the legs of Todosychuk at 6:30 of the third period. Supinski finished with three goals and two assists.  He now has a seven game goal streak with twelve goals and five assists for seventeen points. He has points in 18 of his last 19 games.

Liam Finlay made things interesting with his second of the night with just over three to go, but they couldn't puck another puck past Chris Tai. The Express net minder turned aside 31 of 33 Vernon shots in the final two periods to earn the win.

 Up next the Express host the Trail Smoke Eaters Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


The Coquitlam Express Junior A hockey club are proud to announce defenceman Daniel Fritz has committed to Qunnipiac University for 2015.

6’1’ 195 lb, 19 year old native of Harwood MD, is in his first season in the BCHL. He's been a very steady presence at both ends of the rink. This season he has 8 goals and 25 assists for 33 points in 45 games. His point production this season is among the top 10 for BCHL defencemen.

"We are very happy and proud of Daniel. He has been an offensive threat for us all season and been solid defensively." - Express Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff.

The Bobcats will be very happy with him both as a player and a person. "I would like to thank all the people that supported me in my hockey career so far, expecially my parents and the Coquitlam Express".- Daniel Fritz

The Quinnipiac Bobcats play in the ECAC, the school is located in Hamden CT.
He will be teammates next season with former members of the Express Bo and Canon Pieper who are both in their first year at Quinnipiac.


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

Highlights courtesy of Jorge Parra and Underdog Productions.

Saturday, January 17, 2015


Coquitlam scored five times in the final two periods en route to a 5-3 win over the Powell River Kings. Click here for boxscore

The win snapped a 4 game losing streak for the Express while also snapping the Kings 4 game winning streak in the process.

Balanced offense and goaltending paced the Express in the victory. The scoring came from three different lines. Chris Tai in the Express goal made 36 saves for the win.

It didn't start well for the Express who saw Powell River take a 2-0 first period lead on powerplay goals by Jarid Lukosevicius and Jeremy Leclerc to put the Express in the early hole. Both goals were the tried tested and true method of pucks to the net. The first goal being a wrister through traffic that found a hole. The second being the puck put on a tee for Leclerc who blasted it home.

The second period saw the Express find their way.

Brendan Lamont got the comeback started by finding a loose puck at the side of the Kings net to tap in his 15th of the season on the powerplay. That was followed 43 seconds later with Brendan Gulka scoring on a slap shot from the right wing to tie the game at two.

1:55 later the Express had their first lead on their second powerplay goal of the period as Brett Supinski took a Corey Mackin pass at the blueline and cut to the net and slide home his 30th goal of the season.

But the lead only lasted 1:53 as the Kings pulled back even at three when Lukosevicius set up Brent Lashuk who put a tap into a gaping 6 x 4. That goal would be the lone puck to get past Chris Tai who turned aside 23 of 24 shots in the final two periods to earn his 12th win of the season.

The tie was broken just over two minutes into the third period when Joey Santucci battled hard to steal the puck in the neutral zone and send in Jackson Cressey who scored on the breakaway for his 9th of the season. That goal turned out to be the game winner. It also assured that the Express would get goals from at least one member of their first three lines.

Captain Joey Santucci finished with two assists picking up his first two points in his third game since returning from injury last weekend in Nanaimo.

The final outcome hung in the balance with just over 8 minutes remaining in the third period.

Brendan Lamont was high sticked behind the Express net, Cole Bevan came to his teammate's defence and he was the only player penalized getting assessed 7 minutes of penalties and nothing for Powell River giving them all that time to use on the powerplay to look for the equalizer having already struck twice on the night on the powerplay.

But what will leave Kings Head Coach Kent Lewis fuming at the end of the night will be seeing his team squander a significant chunk of the extended powerplay by taking two separate minor penalties forcing the Express to kill off only 3 minutes of the Bevan penalties instead of the full 7.

Corey Mackin sealed the win for the Express when he stole the puck and put it into an empty net for his 38th of the season and 7th shorthanded goal on the year. Mackin is now tied with Kyle Turris for most shorthanded goals scored in a season with 7 set in the Express national championship season of 05-06. The BCHL scoring leader finished with a goal and an assist and now has 71 points on the season.

Up next the Express are back on the road Saturday night in Vernon, then trekking even further north to play Sunday afternoon in Prince George.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Veteran Express forward Brendan Lamont was recently featured as the athlete of the week on City TV's Breakfast Television.

Click here to see the feature.

This is the second straight year an Express player has been featured on BT. Last season it was Adam Rockwood.

Click here to see the feature on Rockwood.

Friday, January 9, 2015


The BCHL's best team were too much for the Express to handle for the full 60 minutes in a 4-1 Penticton win Friday night.

The win completed a two game sweep of a home and home between the two teams. Penticton took the opener 5-2 in the South Okanagan Wednesday.

Right from the drop of the puck the Vees were too much for the Express to handle. Their speed and control of the play all night was the story of the game.

The Vees got off to a better start than they did the night before. They opened the scoring litte more than six minutes into the game when Chris Tai had trouble covering up the puck in the crease and Jack Ramsay pounced on the gaffe and poked the loose puck lying in the blue paint.

Before the first period was half over the Vees already had a 14-1 advantage in shots. They finished the night with 53 which sets a new season high for most shots allowed in a game for the Express. The previous mark was 51.

Penticton added two more goals in the second half of the first period on blasts from Gabe Bast and Lewis Zerter-Gossage on the powerplay for a 3-0 Vees lead heading to the second period.

Chris Tai was tickted with the loss, but were it not for his stellar play especially in the final two periods the score would have been more lopsided. He stopped 31 of the 32 shots sent his way in the final two periods. Including all 18 sent his way in the second period.

Tyson Jost scored the Vees fourth goal of the night three minutes into the third period.

Brett Supinski broke Hunter Miska's bid for his 5th shutout of the season midway through the third period set up by Corey Mackin and Austin Anselmo. That goal was the lone set back on a relatively easy night for Miska who faced just 21 Express shots. That number matches a season low for shots on goal for the Express this season.

The busy week of four games in five nights for the Express resumes Saturday in Nanaimo then heading down to the Island to Victoria on Sunday afternoon.

Defenceman Taylor Green (95) made his Express debut Friday night. He was acquired by the Express from Nanaimo in exchange for future considerations. The 6'7 blueliner comes to the Express with 144 career games of WHL experience with Seattle, Brandon and Moose Jaw. He played 7 games with Nanaimo this season picking up one assist.

The BCHL trade deadline is Saturday night at 6pm for trades outside the BCHL and 8pm for deals within the BCHL.

Thursday, January 8, 2015


The Penticton Vees got 1 goal and 1 assist performamces from 5 different players as they used their balanced attack in a 5-2 win over the Express Wednesday night.

Tyson Jost, Mike Lee, Steen Cooper, Jack Ramsey and Patrick Newell were all in the one and one club for the Vees.

Jost opened the scoring when he carried the puck into the Express zone and wired a shot in off the post past Chris Tai just over 7 minutes in.

17 year old rookie Brendan Barry was named the games third star with 24 saves in the Vees crease. His best work came after the Vees got on the board when he made two great saves off Corey Mackin to keep the Express off the board. He also had key saves off Mackin's linemates Brett Supinski and Brendan Lamont.  Barry finished with 14 saves in the first period.

Late in the first period the Vees added to  their lead on a powerplay goal by Steen Cooper.

The game might have turned in the Vees favor for good in the opening minute of the second period as Mike Lee zipped
a cross ice pass to Patrick Newell who ripped a one timer past a fully stretched out Chris Tai.

Penticton managed to cut down the number of quality Express scoring chances in the final two periods. 

Michael Merulla got the visitors their first of the night when his wrist shot with two seconds remaining on a powerplay beat a surprised Barry up over the shoulder.

Jack Ramsey put the Vees up three in the third period when he converted a Riley Alferd pass from below the goal line at 12:05 of the third period. Alferd finished with three assists.

Corey Mackin was able to add to BCHL scoring lead setting up Brendan Gulka's second Express goal just over two minutes later.

Mike Lee then rounded out the scoring with his first goal off the season on a Vees powerplay.

Each team struck twice on the power play. With the Express getting three opportunities and the Vees four.

The second half of the home and home goes Friday night in Coquitlam.