Saturday, November 28, 2015

Express Take Big Standings Lead


                      3                                       Final Score                                        6
Brubacher, Basilico, Stoley
Goal Scorers
Cressey (3), Turanski, Udahl, Bertsch
Total Shots
1st Period Shots
2nd Period Shots
3rd Period Shots
1 for 4
Power Play
0 for 6
Corey Hoffman
3rd Star

2nd Star
Jackson Cressey

1st Star
Noah Turanski

Current Record

With Prince George’s captain out, Coquitlam’s took over.

Jackson Cressey scored the first goal for Coquitlam, and the last, as he completed a hat-trick in a 6-3 win over the Spruce Kings. It was the third meeting between the two teams, after they split a pair in Prince George with PG winning the first night 3-2, then the Express exacting revenge the next night with a narrow 2-1 decision. 

The first goal in the first was a rebound, where Cressey was able to get a hold of the puck in front of the net after a shot from Charlie Barrow. Three minutes later it was Noah Turanski getting a point shot through a screen to earn his first goal of the season.

In the second it was all Prince George though. Liam McCloskey shut the door on all 10 shots, and the power play that had been sputtering managed to get rolling. The man advantage had been shutout in the past three games, and was definitely missing the big shot of Jake LeBrun from the left faceoff point. Adam Brubacher would finally break through, and drill a shot past Fenton to tie LeBrun in goals scored with 11 on the season. Then a few minutes later Bryan Basilico stole the puck on the left boards, and managed to drag the puck to his backhand and just squeeze the puck in past a sprawled Fenton tying the game at two.

Alex Stoley gave Prince George their first lead 1:03 into the third period with his first goal of the season. Corey Hoffman won the faceoff back to him, and he skated down the left boards before cutting towards the net, and sending a shot in off the far post and in.

Then mayhem struck as the Express scored two goals in 19 seconds starting less than a minute after Prince George scored to regain the lead at 4-3. The first was a beautiful play by the speedy Erik Udahl as he sped up the left side of the ice, and then while falling across the slot managed to get a shot past McCloskey for a beautiful goal. Then it was the captain Cressey scoring his second of the night to restore his team’s lead. Bertsch would score just before the halfway mark, to double the lead. Corey Hoffman thought he had scored to get the game within one goal a few minutes later, but the refs determined that the goal went off the crossbar instead of the back bar and out.

 Jackson Cressey completed his hat-trick scoring shorthanded into an empty net for Coquitlam’s first goal while down a man on the ice.

Crowning Moment:
Prince George had the lead early in the third, but couldn’t hold on as Coquitlam came back to score twice quickly to regain the lead on home ice.

Prince George now sits 10 points back of Coquitlam for the 4th and final playoff spot in the Mainland Division, while the Express also hold four games in hand. These two teams will meet again next Thursday in Prince George for a rematch with Coquitlam now leading the season series 2-1. Prince George managed shutdown the 11th ranked Coquitlam power play, stopping them on all six opportunities.   

2-2 Prince George Spruce Kings at 14:10 Bryan Basilico (unassisted)
6-3 Coquitlam Express at 19:03 (SH) (EN)Jackson Cressey from Alex Ambrosio

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