Friday, April 12, 2013

Pre-Game Report: Game 1 - Fred Page Cup Final

The Surrey Eagles will host the Penticton Vees in the opening game of the 2013 Fred Page Cup Final on Friday night at the South Surrey Arena. The two teams played only twice in the regular season, and both teams picked up one win and one loss.

The Birds are back in the BCHL Final for the first time since 2005. On that occasion, Surrey defeated the Vernon Vipers in five games to claim the league's top prize. Heading into the series this time around, the Eagles boast the top three playoff scorers as Brady Shaw, Michael Stenerson and Adam Tambellini have combined for 43 points. Meanwhile at the other end of the ice, goaltender Michael Santaguida has the league's best goals-against average (1.61) and save percentage (.956) in the post-season.

The Vees find themselves in the final two for the second straight year. In 2012, Penticton swept the Powell River Kings in four games to capture the Fred Page Cup en route to winning the Royal Bank Cup as Canada's top Junior A team. This year, the Vees are coming off a series win over the West Kelowna Warriors in the Interior Conference Final. Minnesota native Louie Nanne has led the offense for Penticton, tallying five goals and six assists in nine playoff games while Chad Katunar has been solid between the pipes for the Vees.

If you're attending the game, make sure to bring your radio to the rink and listen to the live play-by-play on 88.7FM in the arena.

Where: South Surrey Arena

When: Be there at 7:00pm

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

How to watch: Fast Hockey

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