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.
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.