The Surrey Eagles will host the Vernon Vipers tonight in the first of two meetings between the teams this season. In their only match-up last year, the Birds won 3-2 at the South Surrey Arena on November 18, 2011.
New addition Brady Shaw will play his first game in the green, white and blue tonight after being acquired from Coquitlam. The 20-year-old forward says he's looking forward to a new opportunity with a new team. Shaw joins a Surrey squad that is currently last in the Mainland Division but sits only six points behind his former team, the Coquitlam Express, who are currently in first. The Eagles are coming off a 3-0 loss at the hands of the Prince George Spruce Kings last Saturday.
"I think it's the first time this season that we've put together some quality efforts back-to-back after coming off that Merritt game," said Head Coach and GM Matt Erhart. "Coming back home, we've talked about having these two home games this weekend against teams we haven't seen yet and the importance of these two games for our club."
The Vipers have had a tough start to the season with only three victories in 12 games. The Vernon club sits in last in the Interior Division and has lost its last three in a row. Most recently, the Vipers dropped a 4-3 decision to the Merritt Centennials on Wednesday night. Despite the slow start, forward Adam Tambellini has been a bright spot for Vernon, putting up 11 points in 12 games. The Edmonton native has committed to attend the University of North Dakota.
Tonight is the first of two "Pink in the Rink" nights for the Eagles as the team supports Breast Cancer Awareness month. This evening's game will also mark the first night of the team's special promotion that will see a 57/43 split for the 50/50 draw until the end of the NHL lockout, with the winner taking away 57 per cent.
Where: South Surrey Arena
How to listen: http://ustream.tv/channel/surreyeagleshockey or on 88.7FM in the arena.
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