Express roll over West Kelowna

The Coquitlam Express scored six times in the second period to disarm the West Kelowna Warriors 8-1 in their BC Hockey League game, Monday at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex.

After West Kelowna opened the scoring 5:39 into the game, Jared Power tied it on the power play less than three minutes later.

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For the Express, and Power, it was a portent of things to come.

Regan Kimens put the home team in front, 2-1, 4:18 after the break and 3:12 later, Power’s second goal of the night increased the margin to 3-1. Less than four minutes after that, the Express ballooned the lead 6-1 and Power had completed his first hat trick. Joshua Bruce and Jack Cameron also scored in the onslaught.

Alex DiPaolo rounded out the scoring in the middle frame massacre with an unassisted goal.

Joshua Wilder scored the only goal in the third period when he tapped in a loose puck sliding around in the West Kelowna crease as the Express were on their fourth power play of the game.

In addition to Power’s three goals, Connor Gregga had three helpers to lead the Express attack. Kolby Matthews stopped 36 of the 37 shots he faced in Coquitlam’s net, while his teammates fired 42 shots at Warriors keepers Connor Hopkins and Brock Baier, who split the game almost evenly and each allowed four goals.

The Express will try to keep their offence rolling on Wednesday when they host the Merritt Centennials at 7 p.m.

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