Saturday, November 24, 2012

Toews Lifts Birds to Four Point Weekend

The Surrey Eagles defeated the Prince George Spruce Kings in overtime for the second time in 24 hours on Saturday night. This time, Devon Toews netted the winner in the 3-2 victory. Michael Santaguida picked up the win between the pipes.

Despite being out shot 16-5 in the first, the Eagles came out of the opening 20 minutes in a tied hockey game. It was the Spruce Kings who got on the board first at 7:21 when Shayne Morrissey made a nice deking move into the slot before beating Santaguida. The Birds responded just 21 seconds later when Drew Best found Brady Shaw in the slot with a pass off the right half-wall, and Shaw made a nice move to beat Prince George net minder Kirk Thomspon, leaving the game tied at 1-1 after one.

Surrey took the lead midway through the second on the power play when Best hammered a one-timer past Thompson off a Brett Mulcahy pass. The goal was Best's eighth of the season. The Michigan native leads all rookies on the Eagles in goals and points (18).

The Spruce Kings evened the score early in the third when Morrissey netted his second goal of the game, knocking home the rebound of a Chad Staley point shot. Neither team could find the net in the remainder of the third, and for a second straight night, the game would need overtime.

Toews scored the winner just 2:13 into the first extra period, firing a slap shot past Thompson from the right point. The goal was Toews' second OT winner this season.

Surrey went 1-for-2 with the man advantage while Prince George was 0-for-3. The Spruce Kings out shot the Eagles 30-24.

The Birds will now return to the lower mainland to face the Langley Rivermen on Tuesday evening. The face-off will be at 7:15pm from the Langley Events Centre.

Official 3 Stars:
1. Shayne Morrissey - Prince George
2. Chad Staley - Prince George
3. Brett Mulcahy - Surrey

My 3 Stars:
1. Shayne Morrissey - Prince George
2. Devon Toews - Surrey
3. Brett Mulcahy - Surrey

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