As far as the powerplay goes, you can call it a work in progress. But when you're winning, the wait isn't as painful.
The Coquitlam Express upended Surrey 5-2 Sunday in yet another contest where several powerplay chances came and went without hitting paydirt.
Granted a few posts were hit and there were some customary bad bounces, but the Express now boast a paltry 1-for-14 showing in man-up situations over three games.
The club's lone powerplay tally came during last week's 9-4 romp over Alberni Valley.
"In the guys' defence, we haven't worked on it as much we would have liked to, but it's definitely a priority," said Express head coach and general manager Barry Wolff.
"Against Surrey, we didn't have a whole lot of opportunities, but we did have some chances and a couple of posts. We don't have those stats yet, but could have easily had two or three on the powerplay [on Sunday]."
The Express fell behind 1-0 midway through the first, a period that saw the vast majority of the roster getting used to playing on Surrey's Olympic-sized ice.
Coquitlam then stormed back in the second, tallying three unanswered goals while also peppering Surrey with 18 shots.
"There's a lot of guys in our room who have never played on an Olympic sheet ever, so it took some time for us," Wolff said. "The width of the ice makes it so guys think they have more time than they actually have. It's deceiving. All of a sudden, the defender is on you and it's too late. We needed to find our legs and settle in, but once we settled in, we responded."
Coquitlam's offence came by way of five different sources, with Adam Rockwood, Corey Mackin, Bo Pieper, Joey Santucci and Matthew Berry-Lamontagna all finding the net.
Gordie Defiel turned away 23 of the 25 shots he faced, helping to bring Coquitlam's record to 2-1 in the young B.C. Hockey League season.
"Since Day 1, we've been preaching work ethic and character and we've definitely shown that we have that. We've been working non-stop," Wolff said.
Coquitlam takes on Langley Friday night, before returning to the rink on Poirier for the club's home opener one day later. Saturday's game goes at 7 p.m.
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