Saturday, April 27, 2013

Pre-Game Report: Eagles vs. Bandits

The Surrey Eagles will open the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup on Saturday afternoon against the Alberta Junior Hockey League Champion Brooks Bandits. The game will mark the first ever meeting between the two teams.

The Birds enter the WCC after a five day layoff, following their dramatic Game 6 win over the defending Royal Bank Cup Champion Penticton Vees in the Fred Page Cup Final. Surrey boasts the top four scorers at the conclusion of the BCHL Playoffs as Michael Stenerson, Brady Shaw, Adam Tambellini and Demico Hannoun all finished with more points than any other player on any other team in the BCHL. Meanwhile, goaltender Michael Santaguida has the best playoff goals-against average (1.65) and save percentage (.955%) of any goalie in the tournament.

Brooks enters the tournament as the Gas Drive Cup Champions of the AJHL. The Bandits were ranked #1 in Canada on the last CJHL Top 20 list and have a playoff record of 12-5 after series wins over Drumheller, Okotoks and Spruce Grove. Up front, Cam Maclise has proven to be the biggest offensive threat for Brooks this year. The 21-year-old led the team in points in both the regular season and the playoffs and was named a finalist for the CJHL MVP.

Where: Frank Crane Arena

When: 2:00pm

How to listen: Eagles Broadcast

How to watch: Fast Hockey

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