Friday, January 3, 2014

Gameday: Eagles vs. Capitals

Who: Surrey Eagles vs. Cowichan Valley Capitals
When: January 3, 7:00 pm
Where: South Surrey Arena

Pay-Per-View: FAST Hockey
Radio: Ustream

The Eagles aim to bounce back in their first contest of 2014 when they host Cowichan Valley Friday.

Forward Mitchell Fyffe takes a two-game goal-scoring streak into Friday's game. The 19 year-old was handed an honourable mention for BCHL Player of the Week after a 3-point weekend against Chilliwack, playing his 150th regular-season game in the league in the process. Rookies Austin Ferguson and Darius Davidson both benefitted from Fyffe's solid weekend, both are riding two-game point streaks with Davidson coming off his second goal of the season last Sunday.

Surrey enters tonight's game with a 4-1 record against the Island division, the lone blemish coming against Powell River in October.

Expect the Eagles to have plenty of jump tonight after a shorter-than-usual work week thanks to the New Year's holiday. And with a group that remains mostly healthy, no doubt Surrey will have something to prove this weekend after a less than favourable finish to 2013.

Last Meeting: Jonah Renouf tied the game in the third period, and won it in overtime as Surrey nipped the Capitals 3-2 on September 22nd in Duncan. Tonight marks the second of two regular-season meetings between the two sides.

Our Opponent: After a hot start to the season, Cowichan Valley has settled into the fourth seed in the Island division. The Capitals (10) have the second fewest points away from home in the BCHL this season, only Trail (7) has fewer. Head coach Bob Beatty has several new charges in his lineup, including third-year defenseman Valik Chichkin, who arrived from the Smoke Eaters last month. RIT commit Myles Powell leads the Caps in scoring with 35 points (15-20). It's also a safe bet that 20 year-old Robin Gusse will play in goal; the Quebec native leads the BCHL in minutes played, shots faced and saves.

In the Press Box: Surrey is expected to be without forward Colton Mackie (upper body). The Capitals have no listed injuries.

No comments: