Sunday, September 9, 2012

Birds Fall to Warriors

The Surrey Eagles lost their first game of the season, 6-1 at the hands of the West Kelowna Warriors on Sunday evening in Chilliwack. The Warriors got goals from six different players in the win and improved to 2-0 on the season while the Birds fell to 1-1.

Surrey opened the scoring 9:37 into the game when Brett Mulcahy one timed a Michael Stenerson pass into the West Kelowna goal from the high slot. But that was the only goal the Eagles would score. Before the period was out, Jetlan Houcher beat Surrey goaltender Edward Dyson to even the score, and with just 16 seconds remaining in the opening frame, Seb Lloyd received a cross ice pass at the left post and scored his first of the season to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.

In the second period, West Kelowna would add two more goals -- both at even strength. At 8:47, Brett McKinnon walked into the slot and tucked the puck past Dyson’s left pad to give the Warriors a two goal lead. Then at 15:01, Max French netted his fourth goal of the young season, firing a wrist shot into the top left corner of the net.

The Eagles got into penalty trouble midway through the third, and the Warriors capitalized on a two man advantage, getting goals from Shawn Hochhausen and Matthew Berry-Lamontagna just 49 seconds apart while Eric Chevrier and Devon Toews looked on from the sin bin.

The Surrey power play, which was a key factor in the win over Powell River on Friday, went 1-for-8 against West Kelowna. The Warriors, for their part, were 2-for-7 with the man advantage.

Tyler Briggs made 29 saves to pick up his second straight victory. At the other end of the ice, Dyson made 28 saves in the loss, allowing all six goals against.

My 3 Stars: 
1. Max French – West Kelowna
2. Brett McKinnon – West Kelowna
3. Shawn Hochhausen – West Kelowna

Official 3 Stars: 
1. Seb Lloyd – West Kelowna
2. Tyler Briggs – West Kelowna
3. Brett McKinnon – West Kelowna

The Eagles next game is Friday, September 14th when they host the Chilliwack Chiefs at the South Surrey Arena. The puck drops at 7pm.

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