Message to Fans Schedule Tickets Host Community Host Venue Accommodations Scout Package
BCHL History Smart Hockey Mission Statement Future Players League Office Team Information BCHL Links BCHL Cares Careers
League Stats:
 » Standings
 » League Leaders
 » Special Teams
 » Player Streaks
 » Attendance
 » Player Search
Team Stats:
 » Alberni Valley
 » Chilliwack
 » Coquitlam
 » Cowichan Valley
 » Langley
 » Merritt
 » Nanaimo
 » Penticton
 » Powell River
 » Prince George
 » Salmon Arm
 » Surrey
 » Trail
 » Vernon
 » Victoria
 » West Kelowna
BCHL Scoreboard League Schedule Broadcast Information BCHL on TSN Radio
News & Features Commitments Transactions Discipline Photo Gallery BCHL Video
About Current Issue Subscriptions Advertising
Scouts Media
BCHL Trophies Fred Page Cup Doyle Cup RBC Royal Bank Cup
University and College  Information and Resources BCHL/Vancouver Canuck  Alumni Scholarships College Commitments BCHL Graduates Smart Hockey Video Education Directors Education Links
Recent Headlines
(10/23/2014) Defending champion Express remain positive despite recent losing skid
(10/23/2014) Vipers forward and Oilers prospect Couglin inks with Vermont
(10/22/2014) Former Clippers star Gladiuk earns Atlantic Hockey POW for Bentley
(10/21/2014) Oakville, Ont. to host CJHL Prospects Game
Go To Archives
Defending champion Express remain positive despite recent losing skid
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Submitted by BCHL Media

For the defending BCHL champs, things aren’t going the way they’d like lately but there is considerable evidence to suggest things will turn around.

Yes, there has been six consecutive setbacks but four of those were by just one goal so it’s not as if they’ve been getting blown out of the rink. They also have been lethal on the man advantage, leading the BCHL with 20 power-play goals and a 31.3 per cent success rate.

Second-year head coach Barry Wolff says morale remains high with his group despite the recent returns.

“The thing about it is we’re getting better every day,” said Wolff, who has had prior BCHL stops as an assistant coach with the Langley Chiefs and a head coach with the Quesnel Milionaires. “The guys see we’re getting closer.”

That’s a crucial point when the bounces have been going against you. The team’s veterans make sure the entire group continues to focus on the positives.

“It’s our leadership group,” said Wolff. “(Corey) Mackin, (Joey) Santucci, Cody (Boyd), (Brendan) Lamont. They knew what it took to win last year and they’re trying to install it in the group.”

The fun part right now for the Express is when they can get their power play units out on the ice. Mackin leads the BCHL with five goals on the man advantage and also has six assists there. Wolff credits his players’ decision-making on the ice for the power-play success.

“The guys are just being heads up; and when you’re having success, you get the bounces too. Mackin… has taken control of the first unit and making the right play at the right time. And we’ve got (Daniel) Fritz with the big shot on the back end.”

While the thought-process is going well for all involved on the power-play, it’s the opposite on the penalty kill where nothing is going right at the moment. Coquitlam’s 70 per cent PK is lowest in the BCHL and certainly an area of attention for Wolff and his staff at practice.

But when you’re trying to snap a skid as the Express are, no area of the game goes neglected.

“We’re still working on everything,” said Wolff. “Every day has its own theme.”

 
 
Cliff Ronning

(click above for videos)
Which currently uncommitted player most deserves a scholarship?
  Scott Clark, Alberni Valley
  Jake Lucchini, Trail
  Aidan Pelino, Chilliwack
  Dante Fabbro, Penticton
  Jeremiah Luedtke, Prince George
  Jonah Imoo, Merritt
VIEW RESULTS
Justin Rai (PG) 3
Joseph Drapluk (SUR) 3
Eric Margo (AV) 3
Nic Gomerich (PR) 2
Alex Brooks-Potts () 2
Rory Bell (CHI) 2
Corey Mackin (COQ) 2
Josh Teves (MER) 2
Marco Ballarin (PG) 2
Kyle Marino (WK) 2

© 2014, BRITISH COLUMBIA HOCKEY LEAGUE. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Hosting, Registration & Administration Tools By:
Sports Administration & Management, Online Registration, Stores, Professional Websites for Amateur Sports Teams, Leagues, Tournaments & Associations