Bolstered by a pair of powerplay goals and yet another solid showing between the pipes, the Coquitlam Express rolled to their third straight win Friday after posting a 3-2 victory over the Langley Rivermen in the club's home opener.
John Siemer score Coquitlam's first powerplay goal 5: 10 into the contest, while Malcolm McKinney's man-up marker with less than two minutes left in the first gave Coquitlam a 2-1 cushion after the opening frame.
Though Langley's Trevor Cope evened the score at 2-2 with the lone tally in the second, Brady Shaw netted the game winner less than six minutes into the third to move to the Express to 3-0 on the young season.
"I don't think anybody assumes things are going to come easy," said Express coach and general manager Jon Calvano.
"We're not going into games thinking that next week is the playoffs, we're just trying to prepare properly and win that game that we're preparing for."
Netminder Cole Huggins turned away 30 of the 31 shots he faced Friday, representing the first times any rubber has eluded him this season.
Last week, the Colorado native posted a pair of shutouts in the club's season-opening wins over Victoria (1-0) and Cowichan Valley (3-0).
Alexander Kerfoot made his season debut Friday after missing action last week due to injury and put up two assists, earning him the game's first star nod.
The Express play host to a pair of home games this weekend, with Alberni Valley paying a visit to the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex on Friday at 7 p.m.
The Express then take on Victoria at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.