Saturday, February 15, 2014

Gameday: Eagles @ Chiefs

Who: Surrey Eagles @ Chilliwack Chiefs
When: February 15, 7:00 pm
Where: Prospera Centre

Pay-Per-View: FAST Hockey
Radio: Ustream

Surrey will look to carry forward momentum from a comprehensive win Friday into the final meeting of the season with the Chiefs tonight in Chilliwack. Surrey posted a 5-1 home-ice win over Salmon Arm last night in a game that featured 3-point efforts from linemates Danton Heinen and Chase McMurphy.

What may have been more impressive still was the Eagles' collective tenacity on the forecheck and in battles for loose pucks. Surrey pressured their opposition in all three zones Friday, a marked contrast from the wild-west shootout that was Monday's 7-6 triumph over the Chiefs.

As a unit, the Eagles' defense showed exactly what they're capable of Friday, too. Salmon Arm directed more than the 29 shots they were credited for at goaltender Devon Fordyce, but the Eagle netminder was buoyed by several shot blocks and re-directions with active sticks in the defensive zone.

A win tonight, and a Coquitlam loss to the SilverBacks would bring the Eagles to within three points of the third seed in the BCHL's Mainland division. Both Surrey and Coquitlam have five games remaining in the regular season entering play today.

Last Meeting: Braedan Russell's goal in the final minute of the third period helped the Eagles to the aforementioned 7-6 victory five days ago in Surrey. The season series is tied 4-4 with the home side having won 6 of the 8 prior engagements.

Our Opponent: The Chiefs will try and bounce back after an 8-2 setback on home ice to the Nanaimo Clippers last night, with Kurt Black and Kiefer McNaughton both finding the back of the net for Chilliwack. The Chiefs will be determined to play their final five games of the regular season with a high degree of physical intensity, and surely have their sights set on a season series victory against their Eagle rivals. Blueliner Carter Cochrane was an honourable mention for BCHL Player of the Week this week, he posted three points in Monday's loss.

In the Press Box: Both Mitch Fyffe and Michael McEachern missed out last night for the Eagles, with three affiliates (Matt Houston, Nigel Swab and Ty Westgard) drawing into the lineup.

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