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Express Winning Streak Snapped at 7

by Jacob Lazare  |

It was a frustrating end to the road trip for the Express who fell 2-0 in Powell River Sunday afternoon. It ended a 7 game winning streak for the Express. Click here for boxscore.

The first period saw the Express hold that advantage on the shot clock, outshooting Powell River 12-4. That was flipped quickly in the second period when the Kings came out flying. Levi Glasman opened the scoring 7 :37 into the period. From there, things got ugly.

Greg Lapointe received the only penalty out of a net side scrum, and Tyler Schleppe was handed a slashing call during the penalty kill, put the Express down 5 on 3.

Five minutes later, a battle along the boards escalated after Noah De La Durantaye took a cross check. All ten skaters received at least a minor penalty, with ten minute and game misconducts being handed out. It would be De La Durantaye however who received the extra two minutes, putting the Express shorthanded again.

Two whistles later, another scrum caused tempers to boil over again. Jack Long and Christian MacDougall dropped the gloves and landed multiple punches each.

Still shorthanded, one of the referees issued the Express a bench minor, sending the Express to their second 5 on 3 PK of the period. Despite the multiple blocked shots by captain Drew Cooper, Jacob Slipec was able to extend the Kings’ lead to 2-0, scoring with less than a second remaining in the period.

The Express charged back in the third, doing everything they could to beat Derek Krall in the Powell River net. Not to be outdone, Express netminder Jack Watson remained sharp, making a clutch cross crease save on a Powell River 2 on 1 to keep the Express alive midway through the third. It would prove not to matter, as the Kings completed the 2-0 shutout of the Express.

The Express are back in action Friday night in Surrey and they make their final visit of the season to South Surrey Arena to take on the Eagles.