Monday, November 12, 2012

Pre-Game Report: Eagles vs. Express

The Coquitlam Express will pay a visit to the South Surrey Arena for the first time this season on Monday afternoon to face the Surrey Eagles. The game will be the second of eight meetings between the Mainland Division opponents this year. In their first meeting, the Eagles skated away with a 2-1 victory on September 28th at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex.

The Birds have just returned from a two game Interior Division road trip. Both games went to overtime with the Eagles defeating Salmon Arm on Friday night before losing to Vernon on Saturday evening. Today's game will be the first time that Brady Shaw faces his old Express teammates. The 20-year-old forward was acquired from Coquitlam on October 19th and has put up six goals and four assists in eight games with Surrey since the trade. The Eagles currently sit in second in the Mainland Division. Devon Toews will not be in Surrey's line-up on Monday as he travels back from Nova Scotia and the World Junior A Challenge where he was part of the silver medal winning Canada West team.

Coquitlam comes into Monday's match-up on a two game losing streak after dropping games to Chilliwack and Langley on Friday and Saturday respectively. The Express have been without three of their top forwards for the last six games as Brandon Morley, Alex Kerfoot and Zachary Pryzbek have all been away with Toews in the Maritimes. The threesome won't be in the line-up on Monday either. Since the players left for the tournament, Coquitlam has a record of 3-3-0-0. Morley, who was traded to Coquitlam as part of the Shaw trade, has yet to register a point in an Express uniform although he has only played two games in Coquitlam.

Where: South Surrey Arena

When: 2:00pm

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