Hockey club skating on thin ice now
While the chances of the Coquitlam Express making the post-season are statistically tenuous, the team did not show any signs of quitting on the weekend.
The club snapped a three-game losing skid Saturday night against Surrey before defeating Chilliwack during an afternoon match on Family Day at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex.
Coquitlam also got some help from some unlikely sources on the weekend. The Langley Rivermen, the club the Express need to surpass in the standings should they hope to secure a playoff berth, were trounced 5-0 by Merritt on Saturday before losing 4-1 to Surrey on Monday afternoon.
Coquitlam is now three points behind the Rivermen, a club that has three games in hand, but ends the season on a road trip to Prince George.
Adam Rockwood was the Express’ overtime hero Saturday night after snapping a 2-2 tie against the Surrey Eagles in extra time.
The game did not get off to a good start for Coquitlam, who spotted Surrey a two-goal lead, including a shorthanded marker and a goal from former Express forward Brady Shaw. But the home team was able to tighten up defensively and respond with a few goals of their own.
Adam Rossignol got the team on the board in the third period and Malcolm McKinney tied the game 2-2 before Rockwood potted the winner in OT.
Goalie Cole Huggins, who stopped 34 of 36 shots against Surrey on Saturday, was back between the pipes Monday afternoon, holding the visiting Chilliwack Chiefs to just one goal.
• Coquitlam will play the remainder of the regular season on home ice, taking on Nanaimo this Saturday (Feb. 16) before hosting a match against Prince George next week (Feb. 22). Puck drop for both those games is 7 p.m. For more information go to www.coquitlamexpress.ca.