Saturday, February 26, 2011


Game 2 was much more one sided as the Eagles cruised to a 4-1 win over the Express to take a 2-0 series lead.

Like game one, Surrey's top line of Bradley McGowan, Richard Vanderhoek and Scott Holm did most of the damage for the Eagles. Richard Vanderhoek scored twice while Bradley McGowan had 1 goal and 2 assists and Scott Holm had a helper. They combined for 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points. So far through the first two games of this series they have scored 6 goals and 7 assists for 13 points.

It wasn't all good news for Bradley McGowan. He left the game in the third period after hurting his right leg when he collided with an open gate as Cody Castro was exiting the penalty box.

This series is one that sees Surrey's best players out gunning the best the Express have to offer. Massimo Lamacchia and Destry Straight each have two points. But Mike Krgovich, Jason Grecica are among many others who are still looking for their first points of the series.

Surrey is clearly winning the special teams battle after the first two games. They're 3 for 8 on the powerplay, and have killed off all 10 Express powerplays.

Khaleed Devji was one of the few bright spots for the Express as he turned aside 40 of the 44 shots sent his way. The score would have been much more lopsided were it not for Devji's strong play. At the other end of the rink Karel St. Laurent wasn't tested all that much turning aside 25 of 26 Express shots. Alex Petan was the only player to get a puck past the Eagles netminder in the third period.

What stood out in this game was Surrey's puck possession and willingness to win the battles for pucks then not give it up when it was on their stick. The Express were chasing the play for most of the night.

The Express will hope the comforts of home will help them get back into the series. Game 3 goes Monday night.

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