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Coquitlam Express crowned by Kings in overtime

Coquitlam fought back to tie the game 2-2 with 2:24 left in regulation time
The Powell River Kings defeated the Coquitlam Express 3-2 in overtime Friday in Powell River.

Will Jones scored 20 seconds into overtime to give the hometown Powell River Kings a 3-2 win over the Coquitlam Express Friday at the Hap Parker Arena in Powell River.

It was the second goal of the game for Jones, who also scored in the first period to put the home team up 2-0 after Simone Dadie opened the scoring after 10:18 had been played.

Luke Vardy got the Express back to within 2-1 with his fifth goal of the season 13:21 into the first period.

After a scoreless second period Coquitlam pressed to tie the game in the third, outshooting Powell River 16-5.

But it wasn’t until there was just 2:24 left on the clock and goalie Adam Manji on the bench for an extra attacker when James Shannon fired a shot from the left face-off circle over the shoulder of Kings goalie Owen Crudale to send the game into an extra period.

Jones’ winner was the only shot in overtime, a low bullet that beat Manji between the pads.

Powell River’s win was its first for new head coach, Hockey Hall of Famer Glenn Anderson, who added the bench boss duties on Dec. 11, less than a month after he was named the Kings’ general manager.

The two teams play again Saturday in Powell River.