Brady Shaw scored the lone goal for the Surrey Eagles in a 4-1 loss at the hands of the Prince George Spruce Kings on Thursday night in PG. For Prince George, the game marked the fourth victory over the Birds this season.
The Spruce Kings came out hard at the start of the game, and Lyndon Martell gave the home team the lead just before the midway mark of the first on the power play with a slap shot from the right point that found its way past Michael Santaguida. Prince George doubled its lead less than two minutes later when Chad Staley knocked home the rebound of a Jeremiah Luedtke wrister. The Kings had a chance to take a 3-0 lead later in the period when Coltyn Hansen was sprung in on a breakaway, but Santaguida made a right pad save to keep the Eagles within two.
Surrey pulled to within one early in the middle frame when Shaw danced into the slot and beat Prince George net minder Kirk Thompson for his 27th goal of the season. Shaw is now tied with Adam Tambellini for the team lead in goals. Santaguida was called on again before the end of the second when he made another nice save on Hansen who got the puck at the top of the crease but couldn't ripple the mesh.
Prince George pulled away in the third, getting a pair of goals from Shayne Morrissey and affiliate player Liam Blackburn who netted his first BCHL goal on the power play at 10:21. Surrey captain Brett Mulcahy dropped the mitts with 5:45 to go in the third, but Prince George's Cam Lawson didn't oblige him, and Mulcahy was given nine minutes in penalties and ejected from the game while Lawson received a two minute minor for roughing.
The Spruce Kings out shot the Eagles 38-32. Surrey went 0-for-4 on the power play while Prince George was 2-for-8. The Birds played with a shortened bench as Tambellini, Demico Hannoun, William Clark, Tommy Stipancik, Troy Paterson and Glenn Ferguson were all absent from the line-up.
The two teams will meet for the final time in the regular season on Saturday, February 8th at the South Surrey Arena. The Eagles return to action this Saturday, February 2nd when they host the Langley Rivermen. The puck drops at 7:00pm. Call 604-531-GOAL (4625) for tickets.
Official 3 Stars:
1. Kirk Thompson - Prince George
2. Liam Blackburn - Prince George
3. Cam Lawson - Prince George
My 3 Stars:
1. Cam Lawson - Prince George
2. Kirk Thompson - Prince George
3. Brett Mulcahy - Surrey