Express power play scuttles Rivermen

The Coquitlam Express scored four goals on the power play as they defeated the Langley Rivermen 5-2 in the opening game of their BC Hockey League seasons for both teams, Saturday in Langley.

Drew Cooper scored two of those goals for the Express, while Tyler Schleppe, Danny Pearson and Bradley Ong chipped in singles.

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After a scoreless first period, Cooper opened the scoring for the Express 5:45 into the middle frame.

Langley tied it less than three minutes later before Coquitlam scored four straight goals to hold a 4-1 lead by 8:43 of the third period.

Tristan Fraser got one of those back for the Rivermen, who outshot the visitors, 43-29.

That helped Express goalie Thomas Wardle earn the game’s second star, behind teammate Cooper. Langley’s Kalen Szeto, who scored the Rivermen’s first goal, was the third star.

The Express play their next game Friday, against the Surrey Eagles at the South Surrey Arena.

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