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School's out for the Coquitlam Express after second straight day game loss

The Coquitlam Express lost 4-3 to the Langley Rivermen in front of hundreds of boisterous students at the George Preston Arena in Langley.
The Coquitlam Express dropped its second consecutive midweek day game, 4-3 to the Langley Rivermen, Wednesday at the George Preston Arena in Langley.

For the second time in seven days, the math just didn’t add up for the Coquitlam Express in a midday game played in front of a boisterous crowd of hundreds of elementary school students.

The Express lost 4-3 to the Rivermen today, Jan. 31, at the George Preston Arena in Langley. 

A week ago the BC Hockey League (BCHL) team dropped a 4-1 decision to the Chilliwack Chiefs in its own school day game at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex.

The Rivermen led 2-1 at the end of the first period, but Coquitlam’s Kasper Walther-Sneve tied it with 2:50 remaining in the second period when his centering pass from behind the goal line to the right of Langley goaltender Mason Beaupit took an odd bounce into the net.

Earlier, Beaupit got the better of Express forward Nate Crema on a penalty shot awarded when he was hooked while on a breakaway.

The Rivermen reclaimed the lead just 15 seconds into the third period when former Express Logan Morrell beat Coquitlam goalie Adam Manji.

Drew Garzone’s second goal of the game just 19 seconds later got the visitors back on even terms.

But just over two minutes later, Langley went up 4-3 on a goal by Vitaly Levyy.

In addition to Garzone’s two goals, Walther-Sneve added an assist to his goal to lead Express scorers.

Manji faced 34 shots in his sixth consecutive loss. Beaupit made 29 saves in Langley’s net.

Coquitlam will be back on home ice Friday, Feb. 2, when it hosts the Trail Smoke Eaters at 7 p.m. at Poirier.

The game is the team’s second annual recognition of Black History Month with a special logo designed by artist Joella Daniela.

Saturday, Feb. 3, the Express host the Cowichan Valley Capitals, also at 7 p.m.