COQUITLAM -EHome ice continues to befuddle the Coquitlam Express.
The B.C. Hockey League squad suffered its fourth loss of the season on Saturday, a 2-1 setback at the hands of the visiting Prince George Spruce Kings.
Cam Lawson - who two years ago played 52 games for Coquitlam - eluded defensive coverage to cash in the game-winner with 1:19 left in regulation for Prince George, capping a two-goal third period by the visitors.
The home team, meanwhile, struggled to create much offensive pressure over the final 40 minutes, registering just six shots in each of the second and third periods.
While Coquitlam is undefeated on the road, it has begun the year 2-4-0 at the Poirier Sports Centre.
Backstopped by netminder Kirk Thompson, the Spruce Kings pulled three points ahead of Coquitlam and earn a piece of first place in the Mainland Division - tied with the Chilliwack Chiefs.
Thompson turned back 24 shots, while Cole Huggins stopped 31 in the loss.
The Express, who took the lead 16 minutes into the game when Beau Orser netted an unassisted marker, sit three points back of first place with an 8-4-1-1 record.
The game featured the debut of two recent acquisitions, as Brandon Morley and Philip Zielonka joined Coquitlam via different routes.
The Express traded 20-year-old sniper Brady Shaw and his team-leading six goals to division-rival Surrey on Friday for Morley, an 18-year-old who was also the Eagles captain. The winger, who got off to a slow start in Surrey this season with just five assists in 11 games, posted 14 goals and 47 points in 49 games last year.
The club also signed Zielonka, a Quebec native who played last year alongside Marc Biega and Zachary Pryzbek at the Salsbury prep school in Connecticut.
Coquitlam will look at breaking its home-ice losing streak on Friday, 7 p.m. when Chilliwack comes to town.
On Sunday, they host Langley, 2 p.m. at the Poirier Sports Centre.