Wednesday, October 16, 2013


The Surrey Eagles snapped a 5 game losing streak and picked up their first win in the month of October with a 5-4 victory over the Express Wednesday.

The loss dropped the Express to 1-3-0-2 at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre. Their overall home record is 1-4-0-2 if you include the neutral site home game at the BCHL showcase vs. Merritt.

It is a riddle that the Express haven't been able to solve on home ice while on the other hand they're 6-0 on the road. And 5-0 if you don't include the neutral site road game at the showcase in Chilliwack.

Turnovers would be a key story of the night for the Express. The mistakes would prove to be costly and it started early.

A bad pass coming out of their own zone then Danton Heinen slid the puck to Jonah Renouf who teed it up for captain Brett Mulcahy who snapped the puck past Gordie Defiel just 1:35 into the game.

Just over 5 minutes in it was 2-0 as Joseph Drapluk was set up by Nicolas Pierog.

A little shell shocked the Express needed a break to go their way. And that's exactly what happend. Ben Isreal fired the puck into the Surrey zone, the puck hit a stanchion and bounced front of an open net and Jace Hennig poked in as Devon Fordyce was caught out of his net.

The Eagles re-stored their two goal lead as they got a buzzer beater on the powerplay to end of the 1st period.

Nic Pierog banged home a rebound from a Kale Bennett point shot just in the nick of time (pardon the pun) scoring as the first period came to a close to re-store the two goal Eagle lead.

The second period saw the BCHL's most dangerous shorthanded team go to work again to pull the Express even.

With Ben Isreal serving a blow to the head penalty, Ryan Rosenthal and Canon Pieper scored 45 second apart to tie the game at three. For Ryan and Canon they each tallied their 2nd shorthanded goals of the season. The Express now as a team lead the BCHL with 7 shorthanded goals on the season.

But more turnovers would haunt the Express on this night. Pierog who played a strong game Wednesday stole the puck in the Express zone and set up Drapluk for this second of the game to put the Eagles ahead 4-3.

Then just over two minutes later following another turnover in the Express end Danton Heinen and Jonah Renouf teamed up to set up Brett Mulcahy for his second of the game for a 5-3 Eagle lead after 40.

Jace Hennig scored his second of the game in the third period on the powerplay re-directing a Corey Mackin shot just over 5 minutes into the period.

But the Eagles would shut the door the rest of the way and close out the game and picked up the victory.

Devon Fordyce turned aside 31 of 35 Express shots in his Eagles debut to post the victory. The game also marked the first game as a Surrey Eagle for former Express Garrett Forster who was acquired earlier in the week.

Zach Hodder who the Express re-acquired earlier made his Express re-debut Wednesday. In another Express transaction they traded the rights to defenceman Cal Hofford to the Cornwall Colts of the CCHL for future considerations.

Now the Express hit the road this weekend with visits to Trail and Salmon Arm.

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