Coquitlam Express defeats Powell River Kings 6-0
The Coquitlam Express scored two unanswered goals in the second period, then added four more in the third to shut out the Powell River Kings 6-0 on Saturday at the Poirier Sports and Recreation Complex.
It was Coquitlam’s first victory in nearly a month, when they beat the Cowichan Valley Capitals 5-3 on November 20. The six losses since then have included a 4-3 loss to the Chilliwack Chiefs on Friday.
Against Powell River, Arlo Merritt opened the scoring with a power play goal six minutes into the second period, when a blue line float slipped past Kings goalie Matthias Smith.
Jayden Sison followed with another power-play goal just over a minute later, shooting a ball into the net to give the home side a 2-0 lead.
Carter Cochrane, Jaeger Murdock and Ray Hamilin with a pair, scored in the third period as the Express rained 20 shots on Smith. Over the three periods, Coquitlam had a 49-23 advantage in shots on goal.
Express goaltender Connor Mackenzie got his first shutout of the season.
The victory put the Express within one point of the Kings for seventh place in the BC Hockey League Coastal Division standings as the team begins its holiday break. Coquitlam will then play Jan. 2, at home against the Nanaimo Clippers.
Participation in this match will be capped at 50% of Poirier’s 2,000-seat capacity after new public health restrictions aimed at limiting the transmission of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 were announced on Friday by the chief medical officer of British Columbia, Dr. Bonnie Henry. The new rules are in effect until January 31.
Coquitlam plays seven home games in January.
Earlier on Saturday, Express chief executive Tali Campbell expressed frustration at the new social media limitation
“We are almost 2 years away; How are we not based on solutions rather than restrictions? He said on Twitter. “Blockages / restrictions can no longer be the answer. “
The Express and the rest of the BCHL have struggled through two seasons of public health restrictions that canceled most of the 2020 playoffs, truncated last season’s schedule to a brief flurry of exhibition games in the fall followed of a five-week regional schedule in five centralized pods where fans were not allowed to attend.
As the public health crisis appeared to be easing, this year’s schedule was back on track, with full attendance allowed again in early October. But massive torrential rains that caused flooding and the closure of several key highways in November forced the cancellation of several games and ultimately another adjustment to the league’s schedule to eliminate travel that accompanies inter-conference games.
Campbell followed up his post with an invitation to fans with tickets to Saturday’s Vancouver Canucks game which had to be postponed due to several positive COVID tests that ruled out players from both teams to attend the Express game for free.
“I think of our friends at the Canucks,” he said, “but the Express game is still on tonight and I want to invite everyone. “