Sunday, October 7, 2012

Birds Bounce Back With Win Over Cents

Trevor Cameron and Michael Stenerson each scored twice in the second period to help lead the Surrey Eagles to a big 5-1 victory over the Merritt Centennials on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Birds improved to 5-4-0-1 on the season. Michael Santaguida had a strong performance in goal, making 34 saves for his second BCHL victory.

Surrey opened the scoring at 16:05 of the first period when Stefan Burzan netted his second goal of the season, beating Merritt goaltender Tyler Steel with a wrist shot from the high slot. Despite being out shot in the opening frame, the Eagles took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

Early in the middle frame, the Centennials got into penalty trouble and the Birds made them pay. Cameron gave Surrey a 2-0 lead with his first of the year at 3:21 on the power play, and just under 90 seconds later, Stenerson scored his third of the season while Centennials defenseman Kevin Lohan watched from the sin bin. Cameron potted his second of the afternoon at 7:30 after finishing off a two-on-one with Brandon Morley. Immediately after the goal, Merritt head coach Luke Pierce pulled Steel and replaced him with 18-year-old Russell Sanderson between the pipes. Stenerson extended the Surrey lead to five when he redirected a Craig Wyszomirski point shot that found its way between the legs of Sanderson at 13:34.

Cents defenseman Dylan Chanter broke Santaguida's shutout bid at 2:59 of the third period, scoring the lone goal for the Cents on the power play. The Merritt man advantage, which came into the day in first in the league, went 1-for-4 while Surrey went 2-for-3 on the power play.

Eagles forward Colton Mackie was given a game misconduct after getting into two fights in the hockey game. The Surrey native dropped the gloves with Charlie Donlin in the first period and Sean Maktaak in the second period.

The Birds play next on Saturday, October 13th in Prince George against the Spruce Kings.

My 3 Stars:
1. Trevor Cameron - Surrey
2. Michael Stenerson - Surrey
3. Drew Best - Surrey

Official 3 Stars:
1. Michael Santaguida - Surrey
2. Michael Stenerson - Surrey
3. Trevor Cameron - Surrey

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