Who: Surrey Eagles vs. Nanaimo Clippers
When: December 14, 7:00 pm
Where: South Surrey Arena
Pay-Per-View: FAST Hockey
After a letdown in Langley Friday, the Eagles return home Saturday to host the Nanaimo Clippers in their only visit to South Surrey Arena this regular season. Surrey surrendered three short-handed goals in last night's 5-2 setback at Langley Events Centre in a physical affair, but bring a home form into tonight's fixture that has seen the team lose just once at South Surrey Arena since November 1st.
Brett Mulcahy marked his return to the lineup with a power-play goal last night and became the first Eagle to reach 20 tallies this season. Fellow veteran Nic Pierog is close behind; his penalty-shot marker last night puts him at 19 on the campaign.
Mulcahy's return coincided with that of Colton Mackie, who missed the last eight games. The local product was unlucky not to have scored Friday on a pair of clear-cut chances early in the second period.
Last Meeting: Tonight marks the first meeting betwen Surrey and Nanaimo since the Western Canada Cup. The Eagles came away victors April 30th at Frank Crane Arena, winning 4-0 on the strength of two Drew Best goals and a 31-save shutout from Michael Santaguida.
Our Opponent: The Clippers started their Mainland road swing on the right foot Friday, winning 6-3 in Coquitlam. Nanaimo (17-16-0-1) is entrenched in third place in the Island division, twelve points behind second-place Victoria and 8 points up on the fourth-place Cowichan Valley Capitals. Nanaimo boasts five skaters with 10 or more goals; Devin Brosseau and Bo Brauer lead the charge with 13 each. 20 year-old Jayson Argue has played the majority of minutes in goal and last month earned himself a commitment to Bentley University.
In the Press Box: Neither side has any listed injuries.