Nic Pierog scored twice to lead the Surrey Eagles to a 3-1 victory over the Chilliwack Chiefs in the Birds final pre-season game at home.
The Eagles fell behind in the first period when Ben Masella opened the scoring for Chilliwack with a slap shot from the point that beat Surrey net minder Edward Dyson. But the Eagles answered back in the late stages of the opening frame when Demico Hannoun scored a power play marker, going top shelf from the slot on Chiefs goaltender Mitch Gillam.
Surrey took the lead in the second period while down a man when newcomer Chris Tracy intercepted a Chilliwack breakout pass and fired a shot on goal. Pierog followed up and shovelled the rebound past Gillam for the shorthanded marker. Dyson had to come up big for Surrey late in the middle frame when Chilliwack defenseman Alex Perron-Fontaine jumped out of the penalty box and received a stretch pass, sending him in all alone on Dyson. But the 20-year-old was up to the challenge, stopped Perron-Fontaine with the right pad to keep Surrey ahead after 40 minutes.
For the second game in a row, the Birds would clinch the victory with an empty netter as Pierog tucked the puck into an open cage with just five seconds remaining in the game to give the Eagles their third win of the pre-season.
With the victory, Surrey improves to 3-1-1 in exhibition play and will play their final game of the pre-season on Saturday evening in Chilliwack. The face-off goes at 7pm at the Prospera Centre.