Express Keep Roll'in; Extend Winning Streak
The Saanich Express extended their win streak last weekend with a 19-9 home win over the Oceanside Sharks on Saturday evening; then traveled the next day to Campbell River to face the Ravens at the Strathcona Gardens, defeating the Ravens 14-4.
Last evening (Friday June 14th) marked the 4th and final game between the Nanaimo Timbermen and the Saanich Express and neither team disappointed. Jesse Dalziel started in goal for the visitors while Darian Claxton took to the crease for the Railmen. Both teams came out full of “p” and vinegar, pushing the pace of the game but each ’keeper was able to shy away the attacks brought forth by each squad. Each team took its turn in the revolving door we call the penalty box which took away from the exciting goaltender dual that fans got to witness.
The T-Men’s Julian Johnny opened the scoring and was able to capitalize on an out of position man-short of the Express to open the scoring on the powerplay at 8:56 left in the first. Both teams pelted the opposing goaltenders for the remainder of the period until the Express’ Robbie Walker buried a shot in the bottom left corner while on the powerplay to tie the game at 1 a piece. Period tied 1-1 and the shots favoured the hometeam 16-6.
The Timbermen started the 2nd period with a few good swings of the axe’s themselves burying two pretty even strength goals by Ian McMahon-Point and then :14 seconds later by Julian Johnny to take a 3-1 lead a quarter of the way through the middle frame. One minute later; former St. Margaret’s Bay Rebels (http://ecjll.goalline.ca) Ben Baxter transitions a loose ball up the floor and finds single coverage to beat his check to bury his third as a member of the Express to make it 3-2. With just under 6 minutes to go in the 2nd, Robbie Walker pots another powerplay goal in for the Express to tie the game at 3’s. Recently acquired Brenden Harstad shifts off a sweet pick and roll off ball to be fed by teammate Nolan Morrisonto take the lead 4-3. The Timbermen drew within 1 on a goal by Manns but then when the period looked over, Johansen then capitalizes off another great feed from linemate Morrison to bury one top shelf where Mom hides the cookie jar to make the score 5-4 heading in to the third intermission.
The third period is where the goaltenders shone. Harstad got his hat trick goal at 19:26 of the period from Jonny Harmsworth and Zack Dhillon. The Timbermen’s Dalziel turned away 20 of 21 third period shots from the Express while Claxton turned away 15 of 16 for the victory. Final score: 6-4 for the Express.
The Express now have 8 days off before having to travel to Oceanside to face the Sharks on Sunday June 23rd at 4:00pm at Oceanside Place.