Express sunk by Silverbacks in shootout

Scoring for the Coquitlam Express has suddenly gone as cold as the weather.

The Express lost their fifth game in a row Tuesday, 2-1 in a shootout, to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in Salmon Arm. The team has scored only seven goals during their skid that’s left them just three points ahead of the Langley Rivermen in the race to finish in third place in the BC Hockey League’s Mainland division. Langley has a game in hand.

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The Silverbacks opened the scoring 7:17 after the opening face-off when John Little beat Coquitlam keeper Clay Stevenson, who faced 32 shots on the night.

That goal held up for just over two periods, until Regan Kimens was able to tie it while the Express had a man advantage as Salmon Arm’s Logan Shaw served a minor penalty for slashing.

Kimens almost gave the visitors a much-needed when with just over four minutes left in regulation, but his shot just missed the net. 

Instead the teams played an extra five-minute period that settled nothing, sending them onto the shootout.

Salmon Arm players scored on their first two shots, while Coquitlam’s Dallas Farrell and Ty Westgard were shutout, giving the Silverbacks the win.

The Express move on to Merritt for a game against the Centennials Wednesday night.

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