The Surrey Eagles will host the Chilliwack Chiefs for the third time this season on Friday evening at the South Surrey Arena. The game will be a first place showdown in the Mainland Division. Chilliwack leads the season series with two wins and one overtime loss while the Eagles have won once, lost once in regulation and dropped another game in overtime.
The Birds are coming off a big 6-1 win over the Coquitlam Express on Monday night. In that game, Drew Best became the second Eagle to score a hat-trick this season, joining defenseman Devon Toews who will return to the line-up this evening after missing six games while he was away at the World Junior A Challenge. In the six games that Toews missed, Surrey had a record of 5-0-0-1. Tommy Stipancik is also expected to be available for the Birds. The 18-year-old blue liner has missed the last five games with a nagging injury.
The Chiefs enter Friday's match-up on a four game winning streak after wins against Langley, Coquitlam and two victories over Penticton. Chilliwack sits in first in the Mainland Division with a record of 14-5-1-1 while the Eagles are two points back. Surrey would take over first place with a win tonight. Chiefs forward Luke Esposito leads the BCHL in points with 28 and had the overtime winner in the Chilliwack's last game in Surrey on September 30th. Meanwhile, Josh Hansen is the top goal scorer in the league with 16.
Where: South Surrey Arena
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