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Surrey Eagles hand Coquitlam Express fourth straight loss

The Coquitlam Express suffered its fourth straight loss, 6-2, to the Surrey Eagles, Friday at the South Surrey Arena.
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An early goal by Arlo Merritt (right) put the Coquitlam Express up 1-0 in its game Friday against the Surrey Eagles, but the visitors ultimately lost, 6-2.

The Surrey Eagles scored four unanswered goals in the third period and handed the visiting Coquitlam Express its fourth straight loss, 6-2, Friday at the South Surrey Arena.

The setback drops the Express to eighth place in the BC Hockey League’s Coastal division, a point behind the Eagles and just three points ahead of the last place Cowichan Valley Capitals.

After Arlo Merritt put Coquitlam ahead 1-0 with a power play goal in the first period, Surrey took the lead with a pair of goals before the second period was five minutes old.

But less than four minutes later, the Express tied it when Ray Hamlin bounced on a puck that had squirted loose from a broken play and put it past Surrey goalie Eli Pulver.

That’s as good as it would get for Coquitlam, though as Jimmy Darby, Jake Bongo, Holden Cardinal and Jacob Slipec scored for the Eagles in the third period.

Connor Mackenzie faced 27 shots in the Express net en route to his second loss of the young season against two wins.

Coquitlam fired 23 shots at Pulver.

The Express host the Langley Rivermen on Sunday, 3 p.m., at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex.