They’re lighting the lamp with such consistency, you’d think they were employees of B.C. Hydro.
The Coquitlam Express’ top line of Adam Rockwood, captain Ryan Rosenthal and Corey Mackin all sit within the top five in league scoring and have put up 50 points between them in the first 10 games of the season.
As of Tuesday, Rockwood sat atop the league scoring race with 19 points, while Mackin claimed third (16 points), and Rosenthal fifth (15 points).
Their offensive prowess was on full display last weekend during Coquitlam’s three straight wins: two over Chilliwack (5-2 and 9-4) and a 5-1 road win over Surrey.
Rosenthal put up nine points in that stretch (six goals and three assists), while Mackin found the scoresheet seven times. Rockwood added to his points lead with a five-point showing.
“With those guys, their vision, their ability to make plays and their ability to score is all high end,” said Express coach Barry Wolff. “They’ve molded together quickly and they’re fun to watch.”
A Coquitlam native, Rockwood’s statline this season shows five goals and 14 assists, and as such, he’s a natural in the playmaker role. As for Mackin and Rosenthal, their instructions these days are likely similar to those initially given to them at the age of five: go to the net with your stick on the ice.
“Rockwood always seems to find me and Mackin in scoring areas, so I just keep trying to keep my stick available for passes.” Rosenthal said. “I just try to get as many shots on net as I can, because anything can happen when you put them on net. Luckily they’ve been going in for me.”
Rosenthal scored twice in each of the three contests, beginning with Friday’s pair. Mackin also tallied twice in the win, while Bo Pieper added a single. Saturday’s one-sided affair saw Canon Pieper end up with a hat trick, while singles went to Marc Biega, Jackson Cressey, Matthew Berry-Lamontagna and Mackin.
The Express’ final victory of the weekend included a two-goal effort from Rockwood and a single from Canon Pieper, while Rosenthal’s third straight two-goal game helped extend his consecutive point streak to six contests.
“Rosenthal is just a pure goal scorer,” Rockwood said. “I’m not the type of guy who’s out there doing it single-handedly, that’s why I really enjoy my linemates being up there in the scoring lead with me.”
So while Rockwood is seen as the distributor, and Rosenthal is the finisher, that leaves Mackin to play the role of Steady Eddie — his eight goals and eight assists suggest he can do a bit of everything.
“Rockwood makes the passes and Rosenthal is the main scorer, so I’m kind of the guy in the middle who can do a bit of both,” said Mackin.
And while the individual numbers continue to improve, so too do the team stats.
The Express have now won three straight and sit a single point back of the Mainland Division leaders from Langley. The powerplay is starting to click — Coquitlam scored four times with the man advantage on the weekend — and the club’s 50 goals-for is tops in the league.
“Nothing changes for us, though,” Wolff said.“We continue to work on everything everyday and we want go get better everyday. We’ve got a long ways to go.”
Coquitlam hosts Langley on Friday, and travels to Merritt on Saturday.
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