A terrific solo effort from Danton Heinen 2:49 from the end of regulation time helped the Eagles to a 3-1 home-ice victory over the Nanaimo Clippers Saturday in Surrey.
Heinen received a bank pass down the left wing, then cut around a Nanaimo defenseman before tucking a back-hander past Clippers goalie Jayson Argue for his fifteenth goal of the season, and third game-winner.
After a disappointing start to the weekend Friday, the Eagles flew out of the gate Saturday, peppering Argue with 16 shots. The Nanaimo netminder was strong, foiling the likes of Luke Sandler and Nathan Renouf from point-blank range in the opening frame.
Surrey found their breakthrough just past the midway mark of the second period, when on a power-play Nic Pierog rifled home a snapper past Argue's blocker.
The guests, though, found their legs in period two, outshooting Surrey 19-6 and finding an equalizer with 1:09 left in the frame when Edwin Hookenson's point shot caromed off two skates in the slot, catching Eagles starter Devon Fordyce by surprise.
Fordyce put in a strong effort Saturday, but was aided by a very workmanlike sixty minutes from the skaters in front of him, too. At the other end, Argue was unbeatable, until Heinen found the Eagles' go-ahead goal late in period three.
Pierog added an empty-netter in the dying moments.
Fordyce, making his first start in four games, stopped 35 of 36 Clipper shots to earn the victory.
My Three Stars:
1. Nic Pierog, Surrey
2. Jayson Argue, Nanaimo
3. Devon Fordyce, Surrey
Up Next: The Eagles wind down the weekend Sunday with a divisional matchup at home against the Coquitlam Express. Game time is 4:00 pm. Join the team for a Sunday Skate following the game!