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Reversal of fortune as Coquitlam Express lose 2-1 to the Chilliwack Chiefs

The Coquitlam Express and Chilliwack Chiefs will play again next Friday
The Coquitlam Express lost 2-1 to the Chilliwack Chiefs, Saturday at the Chilliwack Coliseum.

Two goals in the first period is all the Chilliwack Chiefs needed in the BC Hockey League team’s 2-1 victory over the Coquitlam Express, Saturday at the Chilliwack Coliseum.

The result is the exact opposite of their game Friday, when the Express prevailed 2-1 in a shootout at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex.

The Chiefs scored their goals 2:22 apart then hung on the rest of the way.

Cole Melady’s ninth goal of the season with just over four minutes left in the second period got the visitors back to within a goal but that’s as close as they got.

Ethan Simcoe stopped 23 shots in Coquitlam’s net while his teammates fired 26 shots at Chilliwack’s Vladimir Nikitin.

The teams will meet again next Friday in Chilliwack before Coquitlam returns home for a midday game on Family Day against the Powell River Kings. Admission to that game, which starts at noon, is free.