Sunday, December 15, 2013

Eagles 5 Express 4 (OT)

Jonah Renouf's flashy 3-on-3 overtime winner lifted the Eagles to a 5-4 home-ice victory over the Coquitlam Express Sunday.

Renouf collected the puck in neutral ice, then on an odd-man rush from the left wing crossed across the offensive zone, outwaiting netminder Gordie Defiel before back-handing a shot into the open net to help Surrey to their fourth consecutive home win.

Sunday's game had flashes of the offensive explosions that typified the two sides' late November home-and-home set, but it took a while for both teams to find their firepower.

Surrey opened the scoring at the tail end of a two-man advantage when Joseph Drapluk lifted home a shot over Defiel's shoulder from the bottom of the right-wing circle. Coquitlamtied the game minutes later when blueliner Cameron Marks cut goalward and redirected a hard pass from Adam Rockwood behind Eagles goaltender Devon Fordyce.

The Eagles took advantage of a miscue early in the second period. A pass toward Brett Mulcahy glanced off his stick at the Express line, then rolled in towards Defiel, who mishandled the puck in his crease allowing the Eagles captain to poke home his second goal of the weekend. Danton Heinen snapped home a sharp wrister 1:17 later to give the Eagles a 3-1 lead, the largest lead either side enjoyed in the game.

Coquitlam clawed back to level the score at 3-3, first when Jackson Cressey tipped in a shot from just outside the crease, then later on a short-handed breakaway from Corey Mackin.

Mackin would add a second goal on a 2-on-1 before Nic Pierog backhanded a high shot into the top corner with time winding down in the period.

Neither side was able to find an advantage in the third period, despite the Eagles enjoying a 10-6 shot advantage, setting the stage for Renouf's extra-time heroics.

Fordyce stopped 29 shots to record his second straight win as the Eagles moved to within four points of the third-place Express.

My Three Stars:
1. Danton Heinen, Surrey
2. Corey Mackin, Coquitlam
3. Brian Drapluk, Surrey

Up Next: Surrey has one game remaining before the holiday break, Thursday at home against the Prince George Spruce Kings. Game time is 7:00 pm.

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