The Express made their way out to West Kelowna to finish up the back end of a back to back game road trip, dropping the first half against Trail 5-2 last night in a game where they lost their starting goaltender Adam Manji. Brady Smith was called upon to rise to the occasion from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in Manji’s absence.
Looking to get ahead of things early, the Express took the lead in the first period on the back of Blake Setter’s goal just 6 minutes into the game and followed it up with Liam Tanner’s 11th of the season in the first 2 minutes of the second period.
The Warriors didn’t take long after that to get going as it was just over 2 minutes later where their Nic Porchetta scored to cut the lead in half and then 3 minutes later Christopher Duclair would score a short handed goal to even it all up at 2 with just under 13 minutes remaining in the second period. The Express weren’t fans of losing their lead, clearly, as they only trailed for exactly 1 minute as Coco Armstrong quickly found the back of the net on the power play to regain the lead for Coquitlam. Evan Brown piled on to make it a 4-2 game after 2 and that was as close as it got as the Express scored 3 unanswered goals in 15 minutes of play with Michael Rubin scoring early in the third period to give the Express a 5-2 win over the West Kelowna Warriors.
The Express split their two game weekend road trip and will get back on the road for their final regular season away game against Langley on March 17th. The Coquitlam Express will return to the Train Station on March 18th to take on the Victoria Grizzlies, which could very well be their first playoff round matchup.
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