Garrett James

Express face season’s biggest test against Vees

Still undefeated at home, the Coquitlam Express are preparing to face off against the Penticton Vees, who sit just one point behind them in the BCHL standings.

The Express have been playing an upbeat, hard-nosed style of play, and everybody has bought into head coach Jason Fortier’s system. They forecheck hard, and rarely take a shift off. As a result, the team has found success, but this game against the Vees may be their biggest challenge of the season.

Penticton is 8-2 in its last ten games, and has the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and the Trail Smoke Eaters right on their tails in the Interior Division standings. Coquitlam on the other hand, has a 13 point lead in the Mainland Division standings over the Chilliwack Chiefs.

With just five losses on the season, two in their last ten, the Express will be focused on proving to everybody why they’re the best team in the league, while the Vees will be focused on getting two points to remain atop their division.

Former Vees captain and current alternate captain of the Express Massimo Rizzo has been looking forward to this game since he was traded to the Express in the offseason.

“We’ve had a lot of success at home this year so I think if we play with the confidence that we are the best team in the league and stick to our game plan then we should come out on top.”

The Vees play in Langley tonight, so the Express will looking to take advantage after having the last three days off. The puck drops at 7 pm from the Palace on Poirer tomorrow as the Express look to remain undefeated at home and keep up their winning ways.