The Coquitlam Express knocked off the Chilliwack Chiefs 5-3 Tuesday evening in pre-season BCHL action at the Hope and District Recreation Centre. The Chiefs had veterans Austin Plevy and Jaret Babych in the lineup for the first time this year, but it wasn't enough as Chilliwack remains winless in three exhibition games.
Blake Gober and Andrew Silard each scored on the power play in a back-andforth first period that saw Coquitlam leap ahead twice only to have the lead clawed back by the Chiefs.
Silard is a big 20-year-old forward from Connecticut whose addition, if he sticks with the team, would make him the sixth overage player on the Chiefs roster. (BCHL teams are allowed a maximum of six players born in 1993.) The Express got out of the gate quick in the second period, scoring just 15 seconds into the frame and adding two more goals within seven minutes.
Austin Plevy drew the Chiefs to within two goals with yet another power play goal, but that was all the offence Chilliwack could muster.
Goaltender Lyndon Stanwood stopped 25 of 30 shots in the loss.
The Chiefs play their final exhibition game Thursday against the Surrey Eagles at Prospera Centre. Game time is 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.
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