Friday, November 2, 2012

Pre-Game Report: Eagles at Centennials

Tonight, the Surrey Eagles will wrap-up their three game road trip with a visit to the Nicola Valley Arena to take on the Merritt Centennials. It's the second and final regular season meeting between the teams this year. The Birds skated away with a 5-1 win back on October 7th.

Surrey is coming off Thursday night's double overtime victory in Langley. Jordan Klimek picked up his second goal of the year, picking up the winner. Klimek will be counted on to play extra minutes over the next couple of weeks with Devon Toews away at the World Junior A Challenge. The win over the Rivermen pulled the Eagles two points clear of Langley in the Mainland Division and into a third place tie with Coquitlam, although the Express have a game in hand on Surrey. The Eagles are 3-1-0-0 against opponents from the Interior Division this year.

The Centennials are coming off a 7-4 loss to Victoria on Sunday. In that game, Merritt was forced to ice two affiliate players in net, due to the fact that starter Tyler Steel was away at the World Junior A Challenge camp and backup Russell Sanderson was injured. Steel did not make the Canada West roster and will likely be back between the pipes for Merritt tonight. Other than the loss to Victoria, the Cents have been strong lately. In fact, the loss to the Grizzlies was the first time Merritt had lost in regulation since their visit to the South Surrey Arena.

Where: Nicola Valley Arena

When: 7:30pm

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