Friday, December 28, 2012

Pre-Game Report: Eagles vs. Chiefs

The Surrey Eagles will return from their holiday break on Friday when they host the Chilliwack Chiefs in the first of two games in two nights between the two Mainland Division rivals. The Chiefs lead the season series with three wins in four games.

The Birds are still looking for their first win in the month of December after losing three of the four games prior to the break and tying the other against Powell River. As a result, Surrey has fallen to third in the Mainland Division, sitting three points back of Prince George. However, the Eagles have three games in hand and will play them all this weekend while the Spruce Kings are idle. Surrey is 10-6-0-1 against Mainland Division opponents this season.

Chilliwack comes into Friday's action on a two game winning streak after back-to-back wins over Nanaimo and Langley before the break. Mitch Skapski won't play for the Chiefs after he signed with the Everett Silvertips of the WHL on Thursday. The 16-year-old had eight points in 29 games this season in Chilliwack. Chiefs net minder Mitch Gillam has been a large part of his team's success to this point in the year. Gillam has both the highest goals-against-average in the league (2.14) and the best save percentage (.939).

Former Surrey captain Tyler Morley will be in attendance for Friday's game. Now playing for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Morley has posted 10 points in his first 18 games at the NCAA level.

Where: South Surrey Arena

When: 7:00pm

How to listen: Eagles Broadcast or on 88.7FM in the arena.

How to watch: Fast Hockey

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