Eagles Snap Express’ Win Streak After 3-1 Victory

Coquitlam, BC – The Surrey Eagles (25-24-0) looked to turn around their fortunes of late on Wednesday evening against the red hot Coquitlam Express (16-25-6) who were in search of their 5th straight victory. What ensued was a strong 60 minute effort and a big 3-1 win for the Eagles inside the Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex.

Eagles Head Coach Cam Keith returned behind the bench for the Eagles on Wednesday, and liked what he saw from his young group in the victory. “I thought top to bottom everyone bought into playing a simplified road-style game which resembled a playoff team.” The Eagles came into their game 1-4 on their current 7 game road trip and needed a bounce back effort against a surging team.

After a solid opening twenty minutes from the Eagles, Surrey really turned it on and took control of the game in the 2nd period. Jacob Slipec opened the scoring on the powerplay, and Cole Galata deftly deflected a Jacob Bonkowski point shot to take control of the game halfway through the frame. While the Eagles wouldn’t score another one in the period, Surrey continued to generate chances by working the puck down low and controlling play at will till the 2nd intermission. When asked about his team’s 2nd period, Cam highlighted his teams commitment to controlling the puck. “We were committed to possessing pucks in the offensive zone and not trying to make plays which weren’t there. We wore them down and didn’t allow them to counter attack against us.”

Jake Bongo scored in the 3rd period to provide some insurance for the team after the Express pulled within one, and Max Prazma was strong in the victory with 26 saves. Surrey’s powerplay opened the scoring, but more importantly the Eagles were the more disciplined team tonight and only took one minor penalty against in the game against the BCHL’s 5th best powerplay. On the contrary, the Eagles were 1 for 5 with the man advantage to win the special teams battle.

The Eagles used two affiliated players tonight in the game, as Matteo Speranza and Blake Cotton both played in their 2nd games of the season and both looked strong in the game. Speranza had a couple of looks in the first two periods but was stopped by Adam Manji, while Cotton looked strong throughout the game throwing hits and forcing turnovers. Cam had high praise for the young forwards who were looking to make a strong impression before the Eagles playoff run begins in April. “I felt comfortable playing them the entire night which says a lot for two AP kids in a game we were playing to win. They created chances and they played the right kind of hockey. They really put themselves in a good spot to play for us once their season ends.”

The Eagles will look to build off tonight’s game on Friday night when they head to Chilliwack to face off agains the Chilliwack Chiefs. Puck drop is slated for 7:00pm inside the Chilliwack Coliseum, and you can catch all the action on BCHL TV (Powered by HockeyTV) and on mixlr.com/eaglesbchl.