Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Birds Blank Clippers at WCC

Drew Best had two goals and an assist while Michael Santaguida made 31 saves for the shutout as the Surrey Eagles defeated the host Nanaimo Clippers 4-0 at the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup on Tuesday night. With the win, the Birds improved to 2-1 on the tournament.

The Clippers got a strong start and out shot the Eagles in the early portion of the game, but the Birds held off the charge from the home town team and generated a few chances of their own later in the frame. The best opportunity for either side in the opening period came when Greg Fraser found the post with a shot from the left circle for Nanaimo, but the two teams were unable to score in the stanza, and the game remained scoreless after one.

Surrey got on the board just 48 seconds into the second period as Best got the puck just inside the attacking blue line and sent a long shot on goal through traffic that found its way into the back of the net. The Birds held onto the one goal lead until the late stages of the frame when Adam Tambellini made it 2-0 with a nice shot from the left circle that beat Nanaimo goalie Jayson Argue cleanly. Surrey got its third goal in the final minute of the second when Best scored on a the rebound of a Brady Shaw shot to send the Birds to the intermission up by three.

Michael Stenerson picked up Surrey's fourth goal just 13 seconds into the third after Argue was caught out of the net trying to play the puck, and Best found Stenerson at the right circle with a nice pass, leaving the Surrey native alone to score into an open net. The Eagles played a solid remained of the game and closed out the shutout win.

Neither side scored on the power play as the Eagles were 0-for-2 while Nanaimo went 0-for-6. Surrey out shot the Clippers 36-31. The victory for the Birds marked Michael Santaguida's fifth shutout of the post-season.

Surrey will conclude the round robin portion of the tournament on Thursday with a match up against the SJHL champion Yorkton Terriers. Face-off goes at 2:00pm at Frank Crane Arena.

Surrey Player of the Game: Drew Best

Nanaimo Player of the Game: Kyle Kramer

My 3 Stars:
1. Drew Best - Surrey
2. Michael Santaguida - Surrey
3. Brady Shaw - Surrey

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