Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Birds Rout Rivermen in Langley

Brady Shaw scored five points including a hat-trick to lead the Surrey Eagles to a 7-3 win over the Langley Rivermen on Tuesday night. The victory was Surrey's third straight while the Rivermen have now lost four in a row.

Langley opened the scoring just 22 seconds into the hockey game when Mario Puskarich fired a shot between the legs of Surrey goalie Michael Santaguida to give the Rivermen the early lead. But the Birds struck back on the power play as Craig Wyszomirski rippled the mesh with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle at 2:56. The game remained tied until the final minute of the opening frame when Mitch McLain scored on a rebound off an Austin Azurdia shot to put Langley ahead after one.

The Eagles bounced back in a big way in the second period. Drew Best tied the game less than five minutes into the middle frame, and 58 seconds later, Surrey took the lead after Shaw made a great deke to avoid a Langley defender before finding Nic Pierog for his third goal of the year. Shaw wasn't done there. The 20-year-old Ottawa, Ontario native scored twice before the end of the period and the Birds went to the dressing room ahead 5-2. After Shaw's first goal, Langley goaltender James Barr was pulled in favour of Darren Hogg.

In the third, the Rivermen made it 5-3 when Evan Campbell beat Santaguida just over five minutes into the stanza, but Shaw restored the three goal lead and completed his hat-trick with a slap shot from the left circle at 15:31. Stefan Burzan scored Surrey's seventh and final goal of the game on the power play in the final minute to complete the win.

The seven goals for Surrey on Tuesday were the most the team has scored in a single game this year. The Birds also matched a season high for power play goals in a single game with three.

The Eagles play next on Friday when they host the Coquitlam Express at the South Surrey Arena for Teddy Bear Toss night. For tickets, call 604-531-4625.

Official 3 Stars:
1. Brady Shaw - Surrey
2. Evan Campbell - Langley
3. Drew Best - Surrey

My 3 Stars:
1. Brady Shaw - Surrey
2. Drew Best - Surrey
3. Craig Wyszomirski - Surrey

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