Sunday, December 30, 2012

Pre-Game Report: Eagles at Express

The Surrey Eagles will look for their third win in as many days when they visit the Coquitlam Express on Sunday afternoon at the Poirier Spots and Leisure Complex. The Birds lead the season series with the Coquitlam 3-0-0-0. In the most recent game between the two teams, the Eagles picked up a 4-2 win at the South Surrey Arena on November 30th.

Surrey enters Sunday's action riding high after back-to-back victories over the division leading Chilliwack Chiefs. Saturday's 3-0 win in Chilliwack lifted the Birds into second place in the division, and the Eagles can move to within one point of the Chiefs with a victory on Sunday. After committing to Vermont on Saturday afternoon, Michael Santaguida was phenomenal in the Surrey goal against Chilliwack, picking up his first shutout of the year. The Mississauga, Ontario native has played in all three games against Coquitlam this season, allowing only four goals on 111 shots.

Coquitlam is coming off two consecutive losses to the Langley Rivermen on Friday and Saturday by scores of 6-1 and 7-4 respectively. In those two games, Express net minder Cole Huggins struggled mightily, allowing nine goals on 39 shots -- including three goals on his first nine shots on Saturday before being pulled from the net. On a more positive note, Forward Phil Zielonka has been an offensive juggernaut for the Express. After joining the team in mid-October, Zielonka has posted at least a point in 20 of the 21 games he's played in an Express uniform. The 19-year-old sits in fourth in the league in points-per-game with 1.48.

Where: Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex

When: 2:00pm

How to listen: Eagles Broadcast

How to watch: Fast Hockey

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