Wednesday, February 19, 2020


The Surrey Eagles picked up a huge road win by a 3-1 score over the Express in their pursuit of home ice in the first round of the playoffs. Click here for boxscore

The game was the final regular season home game for the Express. They finished the year with a franchise best home record of 26-3 on the season.

Ryan Tattle made his return to the lineup after missing 4 plus months of action with a broken leg. He played the whole night with plenty of pent up energy. He took the opening face-off to start the game and got a rise from the Express bench after winning it. And had some of the better Express chances on the night.

Joe Howe for the Express and Thomas Scarfone for the Eagles held firm keeping the game scoreless after 1 period with 14 saves for Scarfone and 8 saves for Joe Howe.

The deadlock was broken early in the second with Wyatt Schlatt in the slot beating Howe with a shot past his glove.

Howe bounced back with a number of key stops in the second period to keep the Express deficit at one.

At the other end the Express got pucks to the Surrey goal, but the top notch chances weren't always there.

Steven Bellini pulled the Express even in the opening minute of the third period with a delayed penalty in effect snapping a shot home for his 8th of the season.

The game remained tied for only 56 seconds as Carter King finished off a two on one with a shot past the stick of Joe Howe.

The best chance for the Express to pull even was a Greg Lapointe penalty shot. He went to his backhand without much speed and Scarfone kept it out. The Surrey netminder finished with 29 saves in the Eagles crease.

Carter King would add his second of the night in the dying seconds into an empty net to round out the scoring.

The win for Surrey combined with Chilliwack's loss to Salmon Arm Wednesday pulls the teams even in points with both teams having one game left in their season. Both vs. Langley. Surrey has two more wins than Chilliwack. The winner will have home ice advantage in their upcoming series.

For the Express they will play their final two games of the regular season up in Prince George.

They will begin the playoffs next Friday vs. Langley.

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