Down To The Wire
Chilliwack, B.C. – After struggling to an 0-2 record in their first 2 exhibition games of their extended pre-season schedule, the Surrey Eagles had to dig deep and prove to themselves how good they were. The boys pulled through and came from behind to win their first game against the Chilliwack Chiefs in a 3-2 overtime thriller inside the Chilliwack Coliseum.
Just like the first 2 games, the Eagles fell behind by two goals before trying to climb out from the hole they put themselves in. This time, both Chilliwack goals came in the first 10 minutes of the game. Nicholas Cherkowski banged home a rebound, and Brett Rylance scored on a great backhand and the Eagles were up against it.
Unlike the first 2 games of the pre-season, the Eagles soared back and tied the hockey game before the end of the opening stanza. Carter King scored his 3rd of the pre-season, and Christian Fitzgerald got his 1st of the exhibition campaign to give the Eagles life heading into the 2nd period.
After the initial burst of offense, there was nothing for the rest of regulation as both Mathieu Caron and Tommy Scarfone stood tall. Both goaltenders exchanged spectacular saves over the next 40 minutes as the Chiefs and Eagles were held scoreless in the 2nd and 3rd periods.
Once overtime hit, it was an end to end slugfest which came down to the wire. In the end, Fitzgerald was the one to give the Eagles their first win since their game 7 triumph back in March. Fitzgerald was stoned on his first attempt, but corralled the puck, circled up to the point, made a move, then cut wide on Lachlan Getz and put the puck five hole on Caron for the win.
One of the biggest keys for the Eagles was their stingy penalty kill, who held the potent Chiefs powerplay off the board. The Eagles held Chilliwack to 0 for 3 on the powerplay, however would like to see theirs improve after an 0 for 5 showing with the man-advantage. That’s what exhibition is for though, working on systems and getting everyone ready to go for the upcoming season which is slated to begin in December of 2020.
For the Eagles, they’re back inside the Chilliwack Coliseum 2 times next weekend as they’ll take this weekend to celebrate thanksgiving with their families. Our next game will be on October 16, 2020 with puck drop slated for 7:00pm. The broadcast will go live on HockeyTV and Mixlr at 6:50pm.