Coquitlam and Surrey combined for 15 goals, but it was the Express who came away victors in a wild 9-6 shootout Friday at Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre.
The Eagles battled back from an early four-goal hole, but Coquitlam's offense continued to click for 60 minutes as the Mainland division rivals split a midweek home-and-home set.
The Express were ahead 4-0 by the six-minute mark thanks in part to a hat-trick from Joey Santucci and a penalty shot goal from Canon Pieper, but Surrey clawed their way back through the remainder of the frame, scoring first on a power-play slot effort from Braeden Russell. Joseph Drapluk later converted a feed from Mitchell Fyffe, and Russell would add a second before the period wound out.
The Eagles tied things at 4-4 early in the second on Russell's third of the game, but the Express would regain the lead shortly thereafter on a terrific solo effort from Adam Rockwood, who cut across the crease and slid home his second goal in as many games. Marc Biega gave Coquitlam a two-goal lead before Ryan Rosenthal redirected a Biega point shot on an Express power-play to round out the second period scoring.
Surrey drew back to within two 1:40 into the third when Nathan Renouf flared home a shot from in tight, but the Express restored their three-goal lead minutes later on a rebound effort that caromed in off Jackson Cressey.
Pieper added an empty-netter on a late Surrey power-play before Nic Pierog closed proceedings for the Eagles with a snapper from the high slot in the final minute.
Gordie Defiel stopped 27 shots to record the win, while Devon Fordyce was tagged with the loss.
1. Joey Santucci, Coquitlam
2. Braeden Russell, Surrey
3. Marc Biega, Coquitlam
Up Next: The Eagles are idle until Friday, December 6th, when they begin a two-game Okanagan swing in West Kelowna.