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Surrey Eagles halt Coquitlam Express winning streak

The Coquitlam Express lost for the first time in four games, 4-1 to the Surrey Eagles on Friday.
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The Coquitlam Express dropped its first game in four, 4-1 to the Surrey Eagles on Friday. TRIP-CITY NEWS FILE PHOTO

It may not have been the opponent the Coquitlam Express expected, and it certainly wasn’t the result the team wanted.

The Express fell 4-1 to the Surrey Eagles Friday at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex in a game that was hastily convened when the team’s original opponent, the Trail Smoke Eaters, couldn’t get to the Lower Mainland because of highway closures from last weekend’s flooding and storm damage. The Eagles were also improvising as its original opponent was supposed to be the Prince George Spruce Kings.

In Coquitlam, the Eagles jumped to a 2-0 lead at the midway point of the first period on goals by Grayden and Jacob Slipec.

Carter Cochrane got one of those back for the hosts when he scored on the power play with just 14 seconds left before the first intermission.

Surrey extended its lead to 3-1 2:57 into the second period on a goal by Jacob Bonkowski, then Jacob Slipec netted his second goal of the night to make it 4-1.

Neither team scored in the third period.

The loss snapped Coquitlam’s winning streak at three games.

Adam Manji faced 35 shots in the Express net while Max Prazma stopped 35 shots in Surrey’s net.

Coquitlam hosts the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Poirier.