Saturday, January 25, 2014

SilverBacks 5 Eagles 4

Two third-period goals from Taylor Maruya helped quell a wild Eagles comeback as Salmon Arm edged Surrey 5-4 Saturday in the Shuswap.

The Eagles overcame a 3-0 second-period deficit, but had to settle for a weekend split on their Interior road swing.

The hosts took the lead just past the 8-minute mark when Jeff Kennedy banged home a loose puck at the side of the Eagles net, then doubled their lead six minutes later when former Eagle Michael Roberts beat Surrey netminder Devon Fordyce.

Salmon Arm increased their advantage to 3-0 early in the second when Maruya found linemate Thomas Plese in space for a wrist-shot at the left-wing circle.

Undaunted, Surrey began their comeback just over a minute later thanks to Nathan Renouf, who extended his goal streak to three games by beating Salmon Arm goaltender Angus Redmond.

The Eagles added two more goals in the final half of the second period, first from Anthony Conti, then through Jonah Renouf with 2:36 remaining in the frame. The Renouf twins combined for six points Saturday with each brother picking up a goal and two assists.

Maruya gave the SilverBacks the lead again 5:14 into the third period on an unassisted marker, but again, the Eagles found a way to get back to level pegging with 5:17 remaining when Braedan Russell converted at the left post after a wild scramble in front of Redmond.

But the night was not over for Maruya. Just sixteen seconds after the tying goal, the Californian fired home a low shot from the left-wing circle to give Salmon ARm a lead they would not relinquish.

Redmond made 30 saves for Salmon Arm to record the victory, while Fordyce stopped 29 shots for the Eagles.

Up Next: The Eagles return home to face Coquitlam Wednesday at South Surrey Arena. Wednesday night's game is also a Raincheck Night, meaning any un-used season tickets can be re-deemed for entry at the Eagles box office. Game time is 7:00 pm.

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