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Express Roll Early, Often


Some things after a 9-4 Coquitlam victory Saturday night:

This is my third season with the team. I’ve never seen a Chiefs team as unprepared as they were in the first period Saturday. It was jarring, and I’ve sugar coated some tough outings for this group in the past. A lot of the talk before the game was about limiting turnovers – 45 seconds in, the puck is turned over behind the net, and Ryan Rosenthal cashes in for the Express. Just like that. And it got worse. Josh Halpenny was yanked after the second goal on six shots, and even the feel-good moment of Jordan Kawaguchi scoring his first career BCHL goal was erased in exactly 12 seconds when Corey Mackin let a shot go from between the circles that hit a body in front and made it’s way past Lyndon Stanwood. 4-1 in a blink after the 16 year old Kawaguchi gave them some needed life.

There was also Canon Pieper’s second goal of the game, when he went through the whole team shorthanded from behind centre and scored to make it 3-0 before Kawaguchi’s tally. Nearly end to end. Shorthanded. C’mon, man.

There wasn’t much to like tonight from a Chilliwack standpoint as you can clearly tell, and as anybody at Prospera Centre tonight can attest.

– Austin Plevy got the monkey off his back, scoring a nice shorthanded goal on a partial breakaway. Brandon Volpe set Andrew Silard for a pretty 2 on 1 goal, moments after Silard came flying in to throw a hit on an Express defenseman, and nearly obliterated Volpe instead. That was a strange sequence to say the least.

Kurt Black scored again – his team leading 3rd of the season.

Josh Halpenny came back in to start the 3rd after getting the hook early – Matt Berry welcomed him back by scoring from just inside centre ice.

Two more posts hit by Chiefs – Jaret Babych with another one in the third, and Kyle Westeringh deked Pierce Dushenko to the backhand on a penalty shot – and hit both posts.

Cooper Rush was tossed out for a hit from behind on Joey Santucci in the second period, and then Eric Roberts took a puck in the mouth, which forced him to the hospital for stitches, leaving the Chiefs with four defensemen. Jake Hand, occasional powerplay quarterback, slid back to D for the remainder of the game.

Full marks to the Express. Prepared. Opportunistic. Execution. Barry Wolff’s team had it Saturday.

Gotta be ready to go every night in this league. The Chiefs found out why. It doesn’t get easier, with a home and home against Vernon set for October 11th and 12th. The first of two goes on the road at Kal-Tire Place.

*Quick nod to Chiefs winger Cole Sartorio, who had surgery Saturday to repair a broken leg suffered in the game Friday night. Get well soon, Cole.

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