Coquitlam Express look for bounce back

Two game losing skid puts team in fourth in division

The Coquitlam Express are looking to halt a two-game losing skid when the team takes on the Victoria Grizzlies at the Q Centre Friday (tonight). 

It’s been a rough week for the Express, who dropped two road games in the interior and now find themselves in fourth place in the Mainland Division standings, behind the 2-2 Langley Rivermen and ahead of the 1-5 Prince George Spruce Kings. 

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Things began to go awry for Coquitlam during the second period of last week’s road game against West Kelowna when, tied 1-1, the visitors surrendered four unanswered goals. 

Express forward Cameron Bertsch eventually managed to halt the scoring onslaught with a goal of his own but the team was in too big of a hole to dig out of. Luca Leone’s goal in the third period brought the game to within two but when the final buzzer sounded Coquitlam was down 5-3.

The lack of scoring continued into Saturday’s game against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs during another road game.

The Bulldogs pounced first with a goal by Alex Macdonald, the lone marker until Jake Witkowski made it 2-0 for the home team. 

Coquitlam’s Alex Ambrosio potted one with a few minutes left in the third but it was not enough to spark a comeback and the final score was 2-1. 

The Express will play Victoria tonight at 7 p.m. before moving on to the Frank Crane Arena in Nanaimo for a bout against the Clippers on Saturday. Coquitlam will finish the island swing with a rematch against Alberni Valley Sunday afternoon. For more information and a season schedule go to www.coquitlamexpress.ca.

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