Friday, November 2, 2012

Birds Pick Up Road Win in Merritt

Glenn Ferguson was named the first star and made 39 saves to help the Surrey Eagles to a 3-2 victory over the Merritt Centennials at the Nicola Valley Arena. With the win, the Birds take the season series 2-0.

Surrey opened the scoring at 10:45 of the opening frame when Michael Stenerson, Demico Hannoun and Brady Shaw went in on a three-on-one. After a give-and-go with Hannoun, Stenerson beat Merritt goaltender Tyler Steel between the legs for his sixth of the season. The Centennials countered on the power play a few minutes later when Dylan Chanter's shot from the right point bounced off Trevor Cameron and past Ferguson.

The Eagles got the only goal of the second period at 14:19 when Drew Best skated across the Merritt blue line and wired a wrist shot over Steel's left shoulder, putting Surrey back in front. It was Best's fourth of the season and first goal since September 21st. 

Merritt equalized midway through the third after Ferguson stopped Regan Soquila's shot from the left boards, but Derek Huisman pounced on the rebound to put the Centennials back on even terms. It took until the final five minutes before the Eagles found a winner when Nic Pierog scored his first BCHL goal from the right circle to secure the two points for Surrey.

Surrey was out shot 41-26 in the game. Merritt went 1-for-1 on the power play while the Eagles did not get an opportunity with the man advantage.

The Birds will complete their run of three games in three night on Saturday when the Prince George Spruce Kings pay a visit to the South Surrey Arena. Face-off is at 7:00pm.

Official 3 Stars:
1. Glenn Ferguson - Surrey
2. Richard Sabourin - Merritt
3. Drew Best - Surrey

My 3 Stars:
1. Glenn Ferguson - Surrey
2. Richard Sabourin - Merritt
3. Nic Pierog - Surrey

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