A well-balanced attack helped push the Coquitlam Express to the club's first win of the preseason Tuesday.
The Express got goals from five different players in defeating the Chilliwack Chiefs 5-3, a win that came two days after back-to-back losses to open up the preseason.
Jackson Cressey, Nic Beaudin, Daniell Lange, Colton Kerfoot and Joey Santucci did the damage for Coquitlam, a club that was a bit goal-starved after being outscored 7-1 in a pair of losses (3-0 and 4-1) against Langley last weekend.
"We were happy with the compete level and the level of intensity that the players showed," said Express benchboss Barry Wolff.
"Most of the players that we played on Saturday and Sunday were young players that we wanted to give the experience to for the future and some older players were released."
Pierce Dushenko, Jett Salinas, Daniel Urbani and Brayden Krogfoss all saw time in the Coquitlam nets over the three-game stretch, although the crease - along with the entire roster - will shrink in the coming days.
The Express have whittled down their numbers to 28 players, and the final cuts are expected to be made by Monday.
Between now and then, Wolff will begin icing squads that will more closely resemble the club that will open up the season on Sept. 6 at the league's showcase tournament.
And as the numbers go down, the level of competition will inevitably go up.
"Any time we take to the ice we want to win. The fact that we lost those two games was hard to take for all involved," Wolff said.
"Our goal is to get better every day and to become a complete team."
The Express wrap up their preseason tonight (Friday) against the Powell River Kings.
Game time is 8 p.m. at the Poirier arena.
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