Tuesday, March 1, 2011


The Surrey Eagles completed a 4 game sweep of the Express with a 3-1 win.

A shorthanded Express roster played one of their best games of the playoffs.

The Express played without injured players, Mike Krgovich, Mitchell Deacon, Garrick Perry, Matt Mazzarolo and the suspended Cody Castro.

Coming up were AP's Alex Kerfoot, Mitchell Fyffe, Joey Santucci and Djordje Leposavic.

Despite the roster lacking in Junior A experience, the Express battled the Eagles hard all game long.

The difference in this game was of the main reasons Surrey completed the sweep. And that is the Eagles top line leading their attack. Richard Vanderhoek scored a pair of goals. Jeff Vanderlugt scored the other Eagles goal.

Destry Straight scored the lone Express goal in the second period off the rush to pull the Express even.

A tip of the hat is due to the Express. They battled hard all game long hoping that their season wouldn't come to an end on home ice.

Karel St. Laurent came up with some timely saves most notably in the second period off of Massimo Lamacchia and Austin Carroll. Khaleed Devji had another strong game in the Express crease.

The penalty killing had it's best night of the playoffs going perfect on this night. But the powerplay never found a way to get in track in this series. During the regular season the Express powerplay was among the top 5 in the BCHL. Surrey completely shut it down and did not allow a single Express powerplay goal in the 4 game series.

Whenever a season comes to an end, your heart always goes out to the 20 year olds. Their junior careers come to an end. Jason Grecica, Riley Mcintosh played their final games tonight. While Mike Krgovich, Matt Mazzarolo watched from the stands, and of course captain Garrick Perry was mending a dislocated shoulder after having surgery a few days ago. Jared Eng and Massimo Lamacchia also saw their junior careers come to an end as they have signed scholarships for next season.

Congratulations to the Surrey Eagles on winning this series. They will play the Langley Chiefs for the third straight year in the playoffs after they completed a 4 game sweep of their own with a 6-5 overtime win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

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