On a night when offence would benefit charity, the Coquitlam Express snipers showed their stuff.
Coquitlam launched a barrage of teddy bears early in Saturday's game against the Trail Smoke Eaters, en route to a 7-1 victory.
Mike Maciag's powerplay marker at 1: 25 - coming on a powerplay - triggered a crowd-burst of stuffy donations from the fans in attendance for SHARE's Christmas toy drive.
It also triggered an unusual bounty of offence from the Express, who have lived off the production of two players for much of the past month.
"We got a few bounces right off the hop, getting that powerplay off a high hit and a nice tip-in from Maciag," said Coquitlam coach Jon Calvano. "The standard storyline for this team has been that Philip (Zielonka) and John (Siemer) have been supplying the offence for us, so to have other guys contribute in such a big way was really positive."
They led 3-0 before the game was six minutes old, and built a 5-0 advantage after two periods.
Travis Stephens scored twice, while Justin Georgeson cashed in a goal and two assists to pace a well-balanced attack. Mitch Nardi, Siemer and Zielonka, with a goal in his seventh straight game, also tallied.
Daniel Urbani was beaten by one-time Express teammate Braden Pears midway through the third to ruin the rookie netminder's shutout bid.
The win was an effective bounce-back from Friday's disappointing 4-2 loss in Surrey, where Eagles netminder Michael Santaguida kicked out 43 shots to give his squad the win.
A bench minor midway through the first led to Surrey's opening goal, and was followed 33 seconds later by another Eagles tally.
Siemer and Zielonka supplied the offence, but Santaguida turned aside all 18 shots over the final frame to lock up the win for Surrey.
Against divisional rivals, Coquitlam is a painful 2-9-1 to date - a number that doesn't reflect their over-500 status around the league.
"Overall in our division we've had our troubles," noted Calvano. "Other than one game we haven't been blown out."
They'll have the next 10 days to improve upon that record as they play four road games - beginning tonight in Chilliwack. They also play twice in Prince George over the weekend, before heading to Langley. Their next home test isn't until Dec. 15 when they host Powell River.