Coquitlam Express win at home again

The Coquitlam Express head to Vancouver Island for two games this week, still perfect at home.

The BC Hockey League team won its eighth game at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex in as many starts Sunday, 3-1, over the Langley Rivermen.

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It was also Coquitlam’s fourth win the six times they’ve played the Rivermen.

Connor Gregga and Ethan O’Rourke scored goals 45 seconds apart to give the Express a 2-0 lead before the first period was half over. O’Rourke’s goal came as Langley was about to be called for a delayed penalty.

Ethan O'Rourke's game-winning goal

The Rivermen got one of those goals back on a powerplay late in the second period when Jack Livingstone buried a rebound past Express netminder Clay Stevenson.

But that’s as close as the Rivermen could get despite pushing their intensity and physicality that led to several minor skirmishes and one fight, between Langley’s Brendan Budy and Coquitlam’s Bradley Long, two minutes into the third period. The trade-off of combatants proved beneficial for the Express though, as the visitors were deprived of their leading scorer with the game still close.

Coquitlam’s Josh Wildauer iced the victory with an empty goal with four seconds left to play in the third period.

Stevenson made 19 saves to record his 10th win. 

The Express will go for its ninth straight home win on Friday, when they host West Kelowna, 7 p.m., at Poirier. 

But first the team heads to Vancouver Island for games against the Victoria Grizzlies on Tuesday and the Nanaimo Clippers on Wednesday.

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