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Coquitlam Express still undefeated in pre-season

The Coquitlam Express has yet to lose in the pre-season after a 4-3 shootout victory over the Surrey Eagles on Friday.
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Coquitlam Express forward Christian MacDougall was the only player to score in the shootout to give his team a 4-3 over the Surrey Eagles on Friday.

The Coquitlam Express heads into its final home exhibition game on Wednesday still undefeated.

The BC Hockey League team won its fourth straight pre-season tilt Friday, 4-3 over the Surrey Eagles in a shootout.

Christain MacDougall was the only player to ignite the red light in the one-on-one showdown to keep Coquitlam’s record unblemished.

The Express lead 1-0 after the first period on a goal by James John, who went top shelf from the left face-off circle, shattering the water bottle atop the net behind Eagles’ goalie Max Prazma.

Surrey took a 2-1 lead in the second period on goals by Michael Abgrall and Ante Zlomislic. But Ray Hamlin got Coquitlam back on even terms with a power play goal at 18:55.

Jacob Bonkowski restored Surrey’s advantage 6:41 into the third period. Just over three minutes later, Matthew Campbell tied it on an end-to-end rush that culminated with a rapier shot over Prazma’s left shoulder.

Neither team scored in the overtime period.

Connor Mackenzie stopped 25 shots to earn his third victory in as many starts, while the Express fired 39 shots at Prazma.

Coquitlam hosts the Langley Rivermen Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex. Vaccine passports are required for admission, and masks must be worn at all times.