The Coquitlam Express Still Moving Towards Top Spot for Coastal Conference

Top Quote The Coquitlam Express have resolved to pull together to keep their standing in the Coastal Conference, and continue to put pressure on the Langley Chiefs and Powell River Kings, after two consecutive losses on Friday and Saturday. First the Westside Warriors, then the Merritt Centennials, slipped past the Express 4-3. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) November 03, 2010 - Coquitlam, Canada - For the first time this season the Express have lost consecutive games. They dropped a pair of 4-3 decisions to the Westside Warriors in regulation Friday, and to the Merritt Centennials in overtime Saturday.

    In Friday's game, the Express had the lead on 3 occasions, only to drop it each time; and goalkeeper for the Warriors Kevin Boyle saved a total of 22 shots from the Express. Jason Grecica and Alex Petan scored first period powerplay goals for the Express, but later the Warriors' aggressive fore checking and up ice pressure prevented the Express from getting a shot on goal until the 16 minute mark of the third period. The lack of momentum impacted their confidence and performance on Saturday,

    Joe Calvano described Friday's game as "worst game of the season," however Saturday's effort was less impressive. On Saturday, the Centennials had jumped out to a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes. Coming off 2 OT losses to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and Penticton Vees, Merritt were gaining confidence, and they were rewarded for their hard work vs. the Express.

    "It was an opportunity lost to stay within striking distance of the Langley Chiefs and Powell River Kings for the top 2 positions in the Coastal Conference standings," said Coach Jon Calvano. "I know we're doing better than a lot of other teams, but we hold ourselves to the highest possible standards," Mr. Calvano continued.

    "You have to remember that there hasn't been much that could hold the Express down for long. The guys know they're better than that, it won't take them long to bounce back," finished Mr. Calvano. .

    About Coquitlam Express:

    The Express entered the British Columbia Hockey League in 2001 under an ownership group of hockey enthusiasts and led by Vancouver Canuck Alumni Darcy Rota. The first four years in Coquitlam the team produced many players who moved on to NCAA Scholarships and later the NHL including Milan Lucic (Boston Bruins), David Jones (Colorado Avalanche), Brandon Yip (Colorado Avalanche) and Andrew Ladd (Chicago Blackhawks.)

    For the 2005/2006 season the Express moved to Burnaby where they won the RBC National Championship. After this season Kyle Turris was drafted 1st round, 3rd overall to the Phoenix Coyotes. To this date, Kyle Turris is the highest drafted Junior A Hockey player in history.
    The Express are pleased to be back home in Coquitlam playing out of the newly renovated Poirier Sports & Leisure Complex.

    For more information please contact:

    Gregory Smyth
    Coquitlam Express
    greg ( @ ) coquitlamexpress dot ca

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