Friday, November 30, 2012

Eagles Edge Express 4-2

Michael Santaguida made 43 saves as the Surrey Eagles beat the Coquitlam Express 4-2 on Teddy Bear Toss night at the South Surrey Arena. The win was Surrey's fourth in a row. The Birds now lead the season series with Coquitlam 3-0-0-0.

Demico Hannoun opened the scoring for Surrey on the power play just after the halfway mark of the first period when he hammered a one-timer past Coquitlam goalie Cole Huggins from the left circle. As soon as the goal was scored, teddy bears came raining down from the stands as fans threw their stuffed toys onto the ice. All bears collected were donated to the Surrey Christmas Bureau. The Eagles doubled their lead just 33 seconds after the opening goal as Mason Blacklock netted his fifth of the year, giving Surrey a 2-0 lead.

Coquitlam struck back in the middle frame when John Siemer scored on the man advantage, beating Santaguida with a hard wrist shot off the rush at 5:22. The Birds regained the two goal lead later in the period when Trevor Cameron ripped the mesh with a shot over Huggins' glove, but Phil Zielonka pulled the Express back to within one goal before the end of the stanza.

Try as they might, the Express couldn't find an answer to Santaguida's goaltending in the third period, and Jordan Klimek added some insurance for Surrey when he scored with a wrist shot from the slot at 7:29 to complete the victory.

The Express out shot the Eagles 45-39. Surrey went 1-for-4 on the power play while Coquitlam was 1-for-5. In his return to Surrey, former Eagle Brandon Morley tallied an assist for the Express in the loss.

The Birds will head out on a two game Island Division road trip next weekend, visiting Victoria on December 8th and Nanaimo on December 9th. Surrey's next home game is on December 14th against Powell River. For tickets, call 604-531-4625.

Official 3 Stars:
1. Michael Santaguida - Surrey
2. Jordan Klimek - Surrey
3. John Siemer - Coquitlam

My 3 Stars:
1. Michael Santaguida - Surrey
2. John Siemer - Coquitlam
3. Jordan Klimek - Surrey

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