A few new pieces help put the Coquitlam Express back on track.
The B.C. Hockey League squad acquired two veteran blueliners and added another from the injured ranks and rolled over the West Kelowna Warriors in a home-and-home series.
Coquitlam needed overtime to collect a 5-4 victory on Friday, with Philip Zielonka cashing in the winner in the second extra session.
A day later in the Okanagan, the Express dominated on offence and lambasted the Warriors 4-2 - in a score that flattered the home team.
For the first time in 10 games, Coquitlam outshot its rival, having a heavy 51-26 edge in shots, en route to the victory.
Over the previous nine games, the opposition had the upperhand in shots, posting 366 to the Express' 244 - an average of 40 shots against a game over that streak. Coincidentally, the club notched just three wins over that span, while losing six times.
Newcomers Bradley Ryan and Michael Maciag, physical yet puck saavy 20-year-old defencemen acquired in separate deals, had an immediate impact on Friday, each recording an assist while helping slow down the opposition attack.
Goals by Alexander Kerfoot, Brandon Morley, Zachary Pryzbek and John Siemer helped entertain 1,550 fans at the Poirier Sports Centre.
In Kelowna, Zielonka netted the game's first two goals and Maciag tallied what would be the eventual game-winner midway through the first. Pryzbek added some insurance in the second.
To acquire six-foot-five Ryan, Coquitlam shipped the playing rights to Port Moody's Jace Hennig, Mark Begert and future considerations to Prince George. They dealt more future considerations to Carleton Place of the Central Canada Hockey League for the six-foot Maciag.
Ryan, who has secured a scholarship to Vermont, tallied five goals and 10 assists over 22 games with the Spruce Kings. Maciag had three goals and eight assists over 23 games in Ontario.
The Express' next game is Friday in Surrey. They host Trail on Saturday, 7 p.m. at the Poirier Sports Centre.