Friday, February 21, 2014

Gameday: Eagles @ Kings

Who: Surrey Eagles @ Powell River Kings
When: February 21, 7:30 pm
Where: Hap Parker Arena

Pay-Per-View: FAST Hockey
Radio: none

The final road trip of the 2013-14 regular season begins Friday in Powell River, as the Eagles complete their pre-playoff schedule with a three-game swing through the Island division.

Surrey are resigned to finishing in the fourth position in the Mainland division standings after last weekend's results, but will look to head into the playoffs on a winning note beginning tonight against the Kings. The Eagles could find out their playoff opponent as early as Friday evening too, with both Langley and Prince George still battling for the #1 seed in the division.

Up front, no Eagle has bee more on form than Jonah Renouf, who has recorded points in 10 of 11 games since returning from injury January 19th. Renouf became the first Eagle to crack the 60-point barrier this season with an assist this past Sunday against Victoria. Team captain Danton Heinen sits one point back with 59.

Watch for rookie netminder Bo Didur to feature heavily this weekend. 17 of Didur's 21 appearances in goal this season have come away from home.

Friday's matchup could come down to special teams, too. The Eagles power-play is clicking at 21.49 percent away from South Surrey Arena, good for second-best in the BCHL. Powell River, though, holds the league's second-best home penalty-kill with an efficiency rating of 87.71 percent.

Last Meeting: The Kings won the reverse fixture in Surrey back on October 11th 6-4 thanks in part to a pair of goals from Jarryd Leung.

Our Opponent: The Kings enter tonight's game on a five-game losing streak, and now sit four points behind the Victoria Grizzlies for the Island division lead. Kent Lewis' team is lights-out at home, though, posting a 19-6-1 record at the unforgiving Hap Parker Arena this season. Ferris State commit Drew Dorantes leads the Kings in scoring with 53 points, with former Vancouver Northwest Giant Jarid Lukosevicius sitting just one point back with 52. The Kings boast a lot of size on the back end: only one of Powell River's seven blueliners stands under six feet tall. Rookie netminder Jeff Smith has taken the Sunshine Coast by storm, posting a 16-9-1 record and earning a scholarship to UMass-Lowell. 19 year-old co-pilot Jonah Imoo represented Team Canada West at the World Junior "A" Challenge last season, too.

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