Express still in third after Langley loss

The Coquitlam Express will have an opportunity to put a little breathing space between them and the Langley Rivermen when they play the Silverbacks in Salmon Arm tonight.

The can also put a stop to their four-game losing streak.

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The Express can increase their margin in the battle for third place in the BC Hockey League’s Mainland division to four points with a victory. That’s because the Rivermen missed an opportunity to move into a tie with their divisional rivals after a 4-1 loss to the Prince George Spruce Kings on Monday.

The Rivermen climbed back into the race for third place on the strength of a six-game winning streak in January. But they’ve since lost three of their last four games. The team’s only win in that run was a 1-0 victory over the Express last Saturday.

Coquitlam, meanwhile, last won on Jan. 23, a 4-3 victory over the league-leading Chilliwack Chiefs.

After tonight’s game, the Express move on to Merritt where they’ll face the Centennials on Wednesday. They then return home for their last two regular season games at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex, Friday against Prince George and Sunday against the Wenatchee Wild.

Langley doesn’t play again until Friday, when they meet the Surrey Eagles.

Both the Express and Rivermen have already qualified for the post-season.

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