Saturday, January 5, 2013

Pre-Game Report: Eagles at Vees

The Surrey Eagles will go for a season high fifth win in a row on Saturday in the Okanagan against the defending Royal Bank Cup champion Penticton Vees. The game marks the first meeting between the teams this season. The Birds will host the Vees in the return match at the South Surrey Arena on January 11th.

The Eagles came from behind to beat Trail 6-3 on Friday, thanks in large part to four goals in the third period. The final frame has been a strong one for the Birds of late as Surrey has scored 10 of its 16 goals since the Christmas break in the third. Brady Shaw had a pair of goals in Friday's win. The 20-year-old forward leads the Eagles in goals and points, sitting 14th in league scoring. The Birds have a record of 6-1-0-1 against Interior Division teams this season with their only losses coming against West Kelowna in regulation and Vernon in double overtime.

Penticton has a seven point cushion atop the Interior Division, but the Vees are coming off a 4-2 loss to the second place Merritt Centennials who have three games in hand. Offensively, Penticton is led by Wade Murphy and Sam Mellor who have a combined 86 points on the season. The Vees have 14 players with college commitments including starting goaltender Chad Katunar who will be heading to Notre Dame next season.

Where: South Okanagan Events Centre

When: 5:00pm

How to listen: Penticton Broadcast

How to watch: Fast Hockey

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