The Surrey Eagles were unable to overcome the Coquitlam Express tonight but can find some solace in being able to keep it close despite plenty of opportunities for it to get out of hand.
The game started the same way it did on Friday with an early goal from Cameron Bertsch just 3:05 in to the first period. The next 10 minutes would see the Eagles tighten up defensively while also getting a few opportunities including a very pretty play set up by Lucas Stratford that Gary Dhaliwal was unable to capitalize on with 9:15 to go in the first. Shortly thereafter Erik Udahl put the Express up 2-0, and that’s how it would remain after 20 minutes.
The 2nd period saw plenty of opportunities for the Eagles to get back in the game as the Express got themselves in to penalty trouble but the Eagles powerplay was unable to put anything past Braden Krogfoss. The Express had equal opportunity to turn the game in to a blowout but had two goals called off due to the net coming off prior to the puck entering the net. The Eagles escaped the 2nd down 2-0, with 20 minutes left to mount a comeback.
The 3rd period saw more of the same from the Eagles as the Express continued to get in to penalty trouble, but the Eagles were still unable to capitalize. The Eagles did manage to get an even strength goal past Krogfoss courtesy of Gage Mackie’s first goal of the season, but that is all they would be able to muster. Although the Eagles struggled on the powerplay, it was a much different story on the penalty kill as they were able to kill off every penalty that they took.
Although the Eagles didn’t get the win tonight, they can take some positives in the play of the penalty kill as well as Justin Laforest’s play who only allowed 3 goals on 45 shots. The Eagles will have a much tougher test on Friday when they take on the defending Fred Page Cup Champions and Western Canada Cup finalists Penticton Vees.