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Penalties costly as Coquitlam Express lose sixth straight

The Coquitlam Express lost its sixth straight game Monday, 6-2, to the Surrey Eagles.

A pair of power play goals by the Surrey Eagles in the second period proved costly to the Coquitlam Express, which lost its sixth straight BC Hockey League game Monday at the Scotia Barn in Burnaby, 6-2.

With the score knotted at 2-2 after Tyler Schleppe scored his eighth goal of the season for the Express with just 43 seconds left before the first intermission, a hooking penalty by Coquitlam’s Buddy Johnson 4:22 into the second period allowed Surrey’s Buddy Johnson to put the Eagles back in front, 3-2. Less than four minutes later, Christian Fitzgerald doubled the margin when he scored as Will Dow-Kenny and Ryan Tattle served minor penalties.

Michael Abgrall and Brett Bliss scored for Surrey in the third period to seal the Eagles’ fifth win over the Express in seven meetings so far in the league’s pod season. The teams meet again on Thursday.

Jackson Murphy-Johnson scored the other goal for the Express, whose record falls to four wins, seven losses, three overtime losses and a single overtime win.

Dylan Kruss faced 39 shots in Coquitlam’s net, while his teammates fired 28 at Surrey’s Thomas Scarfone.