The Coquitlam Express’s six-game winning streak crashed to a halt Wednesday night. And it was the worst team in the BC Hockey League’s Mainland division that applied the brakes.
The Express dropped a 4-1 decision to the Surrey Eagles at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex. It was only the Eagles’ third win in 10 games, while the Express lost for just the fourth time in 11.
The Eagles scored early and never looked back. Liam Ryan made it 1-0 for the visitors less than two minutes into the game and Justyn Gurney’s unassisted goal midway through the first period put Surrey up by a pair heading into the intermission.
The Express dominated play in the second period, outshooting the visitors 18-11, but it was Surrey’s Chase Stevenson who scored the only goal.
Coquitlam’s Regan Kimens got that one back 1:58 into the third period. It was his third goal of the season, assisted by Dallas Farrell and Christian Sanda.
But Gurney’s second goal of the game into an empty Express net with 12 seconds left in the game sealed the deal.
Kolby Matthews stopped 30 of the 33 shots he faced in Coquitlam’s net as he suffered his third loss of the season against four wins. The Express fired 40 shots at Surrey keeper Cayden Bailey, who was named the game’s first star.
Coquitlam will try to get back on a winning track tonight (Friday) in Chilliwack, where they face Chiefs. The teams are tied for first place in the Mainland division with 14 points each, although Chilliwack has played one fewer game.
Saturday, the Express will have a chance to avenge their setback to Surrey when they visit the Eagles at South Surrey Arena.